Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WE tv Upfront 2010: Acquires Charmed; Remembering Robert Culp and Merlin Olsen

WE tv has acquired rerun rights to the fantasy/supernatural drama Charmed. The drama aired on The WB originally from 1998-2006 and starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Shannen Doherty (who was replaced starting in season four with Rose McGowan). WE tv will air the series weekdays at 5pm & 6pm ET/PT starting Monday, June 21, 2010. Currently, a block of The Golden Girls airs from 5-7pm, but the full June schedule is not out yet, so we are not sure of other changes yet. WE tv also airs sitcoms Hope & Faith and Girlfriends and drama Ghost Whisperer, which airs at 7pm and would have a good lead-in in Charmed.
Charmed also airs on TNT weekday mornings from 8-10am and has been airing on TNT since 2001. Will it be shared with TNT or will TNT finally lose rights? It will indeed be shared with TNT, as TNT will continue to air the series weekday mornings. Back in 2008, the then Sci-Fi Channel (now known as Syfy) acquired Charmed in a library deal with Paramount, but it still hasn't aired there on the network. So maybe WE tv is getting Sci-Fi's portion of the deal while TNT will still have it? We'll let you know about the Syfy portion as soon as we find out. Stay tuned!
Sunset Daze is a reality version of The Golden Girls, reruns of which air on WE tv, about a group of Arizona retirees who behave like they're sill in college (minus the keg stands). It will air Wednesday nights at 10 pm beginning April 28.
Among the other original series they have ordered is Mother Knows Best?, which has Joan Rivers moving in with her daughter Melissa Rivers and Melissa's son and new live-in boyfriend, intends to cast Joan Rivers in a sympathetic light. WE tv has ordered eight episodes of the show, which is targeted to debut in fall 2010.

Actor, screenwriter and director Robert Culp has died. He was on a walk when he fell and struck his head outside his Los Angeles home and was declared dead shortly before noon at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on March 24, 2010. Culp is probably best known for his role as special agent Kelly Robinson on I Spy, the 1965-68 NBC espionage series that co-starred Bill Cosby. The groundbreaking series combined humor and adventure and was the first American television drama to feature an African-American actor (Cosby) in a lead role. In addition to acting, Culp wrote seven of the episodes, one which he directed. He earned an Emmy nomination for the writing of one of the episodes. All three years he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, but lost each time to Cosby. "I was the proudest man around," he said in a 1977 interview. In 1987, he once again reunited with Cosby on an episode of The Cosby Show playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable's old friend Scott Kelly. His name was a combination of their I Spy characters' names. In 1994, they re-teamed for the two-hour CBS TV movie, I Spy Returns.
He began his television career with a role on Trackdown, a 1957-1959 western series in which he played Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. His guest starring television roles included The Dupont Show with June Allyson, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Outer Limits, Target: The Corruptors!, Empire, Bonanza, Columbo and The Name of the Game. From 1981-1983, he co-starred with William Katt as tough FBI agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero. Several episodes were also written and directed by him. He would reprise the role in a voice-over on the stop-motion sketch comedy Robot Chicken. In addition to his television work, he also appeared in a number of theatrical films. His best known role was probably in the critically acclaimed Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Other film roles included The Castaway Cowboy, Golden Girl, Turk 182!, PT 109, The Raiders, Sunday in New York, Hannie Caulder, Hickey & Boggs (with Billl Cosby) and The Pelican Brief as a U.S. President.
His sitcom roles included guest appearances on Who's the Boss?, The Golden Girls, The Nanny, Wings and Cosby. Culp also had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as Warren Whelan – Debra Barone's father and Ray's father-in-law. Culp was married five times, to Nancy Ashe, Elayne Wilner, France Nuyen, Sheila Sullivan and Candace Culp. He had four children with Ashe and one with Candace Culp. He will be greatly missed. Mr. Culp was 79.

Professional football star, broadcaster and actor Merlin Olsen has died. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009 and had battled cancer before passing away at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California on March 11, 2010.
Olsen began his football career at Utah State University where he was a three-year leterman as defensive tackle. He was a three-time Academic All-American and won the Outland Trophy after his senior season. Following his time at Utah State, he went on to play his entire 15-year career (1962-1976) with the Los Angeles Rams. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1962, was First-team All-Pro in 1964 and 1966-70, and was elected to the Pro Bowl 14 times - missing it only his final season. In 1982, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Following his playing career, he teamed with Dick Enberg on NBC's NFL broadcasts throughout the 1980's. They also did the Rose Bowl together from 1980-1988. In 1989, he worked with Charlie Jones. For the 1990-1991 seasons, he moved to CBS and teamed with Dick Stockton.
His acting career began in 1977 when he played Michael Landon's sidekick and farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. In 1981, Olsen moved on to star in the series Father Murphy, playing a kind-hearted frontiersman in that show, which lasted until 1983. He also had the lead role in the short-lived Aaron's Way that ran in 1988 on NBC. His sitcom roles included appearances on Petticoat Junction in 1970 and The Brian Keith Show in 1972.
He also starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Fathers and Sons that ran for 4 episodes in 1986. In addition to his television acting work, he was the commercial spokesman for FTD Florists for many years.
He is survived by wife Susan, and their three children: Kelly, Jill and Nathan, and four grandchildren. The gentle giant will never be forgotten. Mr. Olsen was 69.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tim Allen to Host 8th TV Land Awards; ABC Family Pulls 'Rules' for More '70s Show', ABC Family Summer 2010 Plans

TV Land announced that Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy-nominated actor and comedian, Tim Allen has been tapped to host The 8th Annual TV Land Awards that are scheduled to tape on Saturday, April 17 on the historic Stage 15 on the Sony Lot in Culver City. The show premieres on Sunday, April 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land. Allen was previously honored last year, when his award-winning show, Home Improvement was given the Fan Favorite Award.
Tim Allen will next be heard reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story 3 scheduled for release on June 18, 2010. Allen was last seen on screen in his feature film directorial debut, the independent comedy Crazy on the Outside in which he starred opposite Ray Liotta and Sigourney Weaver. The film is scheduled to be released on DVD in April 2010. Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the eighties, providing the perfect lead-in to his very successful television series Home Improvement which ran for eight seasons on ABC. He made his film debut in 1994 in Disney's The Santa Clause and later two sequel films.
Read more on The 8th Annual TV Land Awards that we previously announced.

ABC Family will be pulling 8 Simple Rules from the weekday 6pm hour starting next week after two months in the hour. Effective Monday, April 5, another hour of That '70s Show will air instead. That '70s Show regularly airs in the 7pm hour, but on some nights it is preempted for movies/original encores/AFV episodes, so now it will air every weekday for sure. As a result of this change, the groovy sitcom will however no longer air on weekend mornings and will be replaced by movies or My Wife & Kids. As for 8 Simple Rules, it is currently not on the schedule after this change, sadly. Hopefully it returns soon! Enjoy this last week for now. And we'll keep you up to date if we hear any return news. Stay with us!
Meanwhile, ABC Family has announced the network's summer 2010 schedule. The network's programming slate includes three new original series, returning hits, original movies and blockbuster theatrical acquisitions. The network finished 2009 as its best year on record. The one that most interests us is an original multi-camera sitcom! Melissa & Joey, a half-hour multi-cam comedy with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence executive producing and starring, finds Hart portraying Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and pre-adolescent nephew, Ryder. With Mel spread too thin to manage by herself, help comes in the unlikely form of Joe (Lawrence) who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family's "manny." David Kendall & Bob Young are executive producers and writers. Paula Hart also serves as executive producer. Melissa & Joey will premiere in August 2010 (Date TBA).
The other two original series are dramas and will premiere in June. Pretty Little Liars starring Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson launches on Tuesday, June 8 at 8pm, while Huge starring Nikki Blonsky launches on Monday, June 28 at 9pm. As for returning series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager will launch its third season on Monday, June 7, at 8:00pm ET/PT, and Make It or Break It will premiere its second season on Monday, June 28 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
View info on the ABC Family Summer 2010 launches and returns, plus details on an original movie and theatrical movies.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

TV Land Not Moving Home Improvement to Late Night; Two Showtime Comedies Get Third Seasons; Network Notes

So TV Land has made a change to their change. A few weeks ago we told you that Home Improvement would be moving from 8pm to 1am starting April 5, but now TV Land is rethinking that change and won't make the change! Tim Taylor and the rest of the Taylor family will remain in the 8pm hour, as The Cosby Show will now air at 1am (instead of the planned 8pm). The Cosby Show will air at 2am half-hour as well now, but 2:30am-4am will be a triple shot of Three's Company. And the move of M*A*S*H to 4am and Boston Legal to 5am will actually start tonight instead of next week. Another change for this week only is that encores of First Love, Second Chance will air at 1am from Mon-Thurs instead of the planned 11pm.
View the updated TV Land April 2010 schedule and stay with us in the coming days when we give you the May 2010 highlights.

On the heels of record ratings for their second season debuts, two of Showtime's critically and audience acclaimed original comedy series Nurse Jackie and the Emmy winning United States of Tara, have both been renewed for a third season. Both half-hour comedy series have received 12 episode orders and will go into production later in the year.
The season two premiere of Nurse Jackie registered 1.084 million viewers (1.521 million viewers with additional airings counted) on Monday, March 22 at 10pm, while the season premiere of United States of Tara did 816,000 viewers (1.165 million viewers with additional airings counted) at 10:30pm on March 22.
Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco and United States of Tara stars Toni Collette.

Fox will be adding repeats of the sitcom Brothers to its Saturday late night schedule. Brothers will air after The Wanda Sykes Show at 12 midnight ET starting Saturday, April 17 replacing reruns of canceled animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up. The future of Brothers has still not been revealed, but it doesn't look too bright for the sitcom starring former NFL star Michael Strahan.
In other Fox schedule news, they have officially announced that 24 will be ending after this season. In a joint decision made by 24's star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its eight-season run. Jack Bauer's last day on Fox will conclude when the final two hours of "Day Eight" air Monday, May 24 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. As the countdown to the series' climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays in the 9:00 PM ET/PT) hour on Fox.
And finally, Glee returns Tuesday, April 13, as announced already, but now the time has changed. It will air at a special time for the return on Tuesday, April 13 airing from 9:28-10:30 PM ET/PT, following an expanded American Idol. This is only for the return, as Glee will air Tuesdays at 9:00PM otherwise (through June 8).

ABC will return the popular hidden camera scenario series, Primetime: What Would You Do? starting Friday, May 7, 2010 in the 9pm hour, as the current season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution would have wrapped up its run by then. The ABC News series with John Quiñones returns for a third season of all-new scenarios that will be even more interesting! What Would You Do? last aired as a regular series in Winter 2009 to decent numbers on Tuesday nights at 10pm. This is the first time the regular series will air on Fridays, however some 20/20 episodes have featured some segments in the past. Past scenarios included Date Rape Drug and Latino Day Laborers where the show explored how people react when they witness blatant racial discrimination. In that scenario, Latino men and women attempted to place an order in broken English at a deli in downtown Linden, NJ. But their requests were met by extreme prejudice from the cashier. Hidden cameras captured how customers responded to the scenario.

And finally NBC will schedule three Wednesday airings of Sunday game show A Minute to Win It in place of scheduled Mercy repeats. 2 of the 3 airings will be repeats of the game show, though, as it seems NBC is trying to get more exposure for the game show since the drama Mercy doesn't repeat well at all. March 31 and April 14 will be repeats of the game show, while April 7 will be all-new. Mercy returns with new episodes starting April 21, while a Minute to Win It will continue to air with mix of new and repeats on Sundays at 8pm. The game show has an order of 8 episodes, and will have aired 6 episodes by April 14. Elsewhere on NBC, the network will have an extra week of Who Do You Think You Are? adding a repeat on Friday, April 9, so the series will now conclude on April 30, rather than April 23. This means the season premiere of DirecTV's Friday Night Lights will be bumped to Friday, May 7 at 8pm.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Week 27 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 27 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):
(We don't have the final network averages through Thursday AGAIN (sorry), but we do have final program averages through Thursday in the analysis below. We might just have to remove this if we never get these in time again.)

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Week 27 (March 22-28) Analysis: For week 27, thus far through the first four nights it is a three-network race. So far through the first four days of the week I can project, Fox is first in HH/viewers and 18-49, but the battle for second is close between ABC and CBS. In HH/viewers ABC/CBS are neck and neck through the first four nights, and ABC has a slight lead in 18-49 as well. NBC is back in fourth across the board. Last week, week 26, CBS took home first place in HH/viewers, but Fox did tie CBS in 18-49, as CBS was fueled by the NCAA tournament in 18-49. Fox was second in HH/viewers. NBC was third across the board beating by ABC which was primarily in repeats.

On Monday it was ABC with a big win as the megahit Dancing with the Stars returned for season ten. ABC aired thw two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars doing a best ever for a season premiere at 24.19 million and an impressive 6.4 18-49 rating. In total viewers, this was the series' 6th best performance ever, only behind 5 performance and season finales. At 10pm, ABC aired part one of a GREAT two-part Castle event to series highs of 12.21 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating for first place in its timeslot. Dana Delany guest starred and will continue tomorrow for the conclusion. Series highs again tomorrow I'm guessing. CBS took a bit of a hit with its comedies and CSI: Miami closed the night. How I Met Your Mother started it off with a new episode at a below normal 8.37 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, while a new Rules of Engagement did 8.48 million and a 3. 18-49 rating, up from previous week but its lead-in was a repeat that week. Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing doing 14.46 million and a 5.1 18-49 rating, still great but below recent levels and The Big Bang Theory followed with a new showing of its own doing 13.42 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, like the other comedies...below normal. Look for repeats the next few weeks. A new episode of CSI: Miami at 10pm took a bit of a hit with 10.79 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating for second place, instead of the usual first place. Fox started off with a repeat of House doing 5.22 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating. A new episode of 24 was next doing 8.69 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down some from previous week in viewers. The series will end after this season. NBC was of course in fourth with a new Chuck doing a season low for the second straight week, this time 5.46 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating again, then Trauma followed and did 4.32 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, down from previous week. At 10pm a new Law & Order did only 6.02 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, down some from previous week in viewers but Castle/Miami is hurting it. The CW started with Life UneXpected at 8pm and it did 1.88 million, down some from previous week. Then at 9pm Gossip Girl was all-new and did 1.9 million, up some from previous week.

On Tuesday, Fox ruled. Fox aired an all-new American Idol doing 24.21 million for two-hours, up from previous week. Its 18-49 rating went up a bit going from a 8.1 to 8.4 this week. CBS started with a repeat of NCIS doing 13.04 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, that is old skewing. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a repeat of its own doing 11.33 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating. And finally CBS aired a repeat of The Good Wife doing 7.87 million and only a 1.4 18-49 rating. ABC started off with a LOST enhanced encore doing 4.17 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, both up a bit from previous week. Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 9.31 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, both up some from the previous week. ABC aired a recap/clip show for V: The Arrival at 10:06-11pm and did 4.44 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating...not bad for a recap, and a bit better than FLASHFORWARD's recap the previous week. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 8.12 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, up some from previous week. A new Parenthood was next and gained a bit more from previous week with repeats opposite it, doing 7.01 million and 2.7 18-49 rating. Question is, can it do this on Tuesday when the return of V on ABC takes place? The CW aired new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place but they were brushed off by everyone as usually, as they did only 1.51 million and 970,000 viewers. Both down, but the latter was below a million...not a good sign for renewal if you ask me.

On Wednesday Fox prevailed again. Fox started with a new Human Target and did only 6.8 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down a million from previous week. American Idol Results were next at 9pm and did 21.44 million, up near a million from previous week. 18-49 rating was up a bit too from a 6.8 to 7.2. CBS started at 8pm with a special Wednesday airing of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains doing a solid 11.15 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, much better than the usual Old Christine and Gary Unmarried which were preempted. Next CBS aired a repeat of Criminal Minds at 8.18 million, up some from previous week, and a repeat of CSI: NY at 10pm did 7.46 million, exactly the same as previous week. ABC comedies were next with a Modern Family repeat at 8pm doing a decent 5.7 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, both up from previous week when a new [scrubs] aired, a new airing of The Middle was next building up to 7.16 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, solid. Modern Family was a all-new in its normal 9pm slot and did 9.18 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating. Next Cougar Town was new too and did 6.28 million and a decent 2.6 18-49 rating. Ugly Betty was next and did much better this week at 4.56 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. The series finale airs on April 14. NBC started with Mercy and only managed 5.5 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, both down a bit from previous week. A repeat of Law & Order: SVU was next and did 5.74 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, up some week-to-week, but that was leading into an all-new episode at 10pm that did a solid 10.58 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, both up from previous week but remember CSI: NY was a repeat for CBS again. When was the last time SVU was this high? The CW aired aired the first 60-minute edition of America's Next Top Model doing a solid 3.08 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but down from previous week when it was 90-minutes. The series premiere of Fly Girls had nothing to be happy about doing only 1.16 million and at 9:30pm week three of High Society could only do 790,000 viewers. CW should just air two-hour Top Model every Wednesday.

Moving on to Thursday it was CBS with the win thanks to more NCAA Basketball. CBS preempted its regular line-up of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains at 8pm, CSI at 9pm, and The Mentalist at 10pm for NCAA coverage from 7-9:37pm doing 9.68 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating. Then 9:37pm-12:34am did a solid 11.32 million and a 4.3 18-49 rating. ABC started with FLASHFORWARD at 8pm and did 6.17 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, off a bit from the two-hour return the previous week. Grey's Anatomy was all-new and did 11.57 million and a 3.7 1-49 rating, below normal but at its recent levels still. A new Private Practice was next doing 8.71 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, also a bit below normal but not as much as the lead-in. Fox aired a repeat of Bones and did 6.17 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, on par really with previous week. A repeat of Fringe was next and did 4.0 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down a dad week-to-week. NBC aired new episodes of their comedies as Community did 5.07 million again and Parks & Recreation did 4.47 million, down a tad from previous week. Next The Office did 7.28 million but a season low again of 3.5 18-49 rating. Next 30 Rock was new and did 6.25 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, both off a bit from previous week. At 10pm NBC aired a new episode of the crazy The Marriage Ref and did 6.62 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, down from previous week. The CW aired a new Vampire Diaries doing 3.33 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating and Supernatural was new and did 2.95 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with coverage of the NCAA Basketball tournament, but ABC had a great outing out of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution at 9pm doing a prelim 2.6 18-49 rating, the best on this night this season for a regular series since 20/20 on Nov. 6 did a 2.8 rating at 10pm. Nothing has beaten it from 8-10pm, though. Good start!
Saturday numbers saw Fox take a back seat with their crime reality series as CBS won thanks to NCAA Basketball again.
Tonight ABC airs a new AFV, but Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Desperate Housewives are repeats and Brothers & Sisters is preempted for a Castle repeat at 10. CBS has a new The Amazing Race and the fake Undercover Boss at 9pm. NBC has new game show A Minute to Win It followed by a new Celebrity Apprentice starting at 8pm. Fox has new episodes of their animated comedies and new episodes of live action sitcoms 'Til Death and Sons of Tucson, but both of those are doing bad. Will Fox hang on for the win this week? It will be close, but I think Fox might hang on despite NCAA on CBS. The loser will be second place for sure though. ABC will be third and NBC will be 4th. As for this coming week, ABC returns V on Tuesday and it looks great!

Week 27 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 26-- March 15-21)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Two all-new episodes were barely on the map again in the 7pm hour doing only 2.52 and 3.27 million...not good but both were up from previous week which were season lows.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode only managed 5.71 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating...below normal but up from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - A new episode did 5.07 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, also below its average.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new showing did 6.67 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. On par with previous week, but like the rest of Animation Domination, below normal.
  • American Dad (Fox) - on hiatus.
  • Sons of Tucson (Fox) - New episode did worse than the premiere. Only 3.84 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating. When will it get pulled for American Dad?

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did 8.37 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating...below normal.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 8.48 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating for a new episode, up from previous week when the lead-in was a repeat. Still below normal from its previous outings prior to previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.46 million and a 5.1 18-49 rating for a new airing is great but for this series it is below normal. Recent levels had it at 17 million and 5.7 18-49.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 13.42 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating for a new episode is outstanding, but below normal. The CBS block was down because of Dancing season premiere on ABC.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - preempted.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - preempted.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did 7.16 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating out of a Modern repeat. It is great that it builds on its own.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - The regular 9pm airing was new and did a solid 9.18 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating. Stonestreet ruled that episode! A repeat at 8pm did a solid 5.7 million and 1.8 18-49 rating. New episode this week again at 9!
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did 6.28 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, affected by Idol yes, but perhaps it should air at 10pm next season?

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - 5.07 million for a new episode and a 2.1 18-49 rating. On par in viewers and up a tick in 18-49 from prev. week.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.47 million for a new episode and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Needs to do better, don't understand why it was renewed.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 7.28 million and a 3.518-49 rating, down some from previous week, and 18-49 was a season low for the second straight week.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 6.25 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating was down a tad from previous week.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of 'Til Death at 7 on Fox followed by new episodes of the Fox animated comedies starting at 8 and sitcom Sons of Tucson.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, The Office were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Community, Cougar Town ) or just plain old terrible (such as Parks and Recreation, Sons of Tucson from week 26).

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Digital Digest: Lucy Calls the President DVD Review; A Look at International DVDs

Welcome to the very first edition of Sitcoms Online Digital Digest, our new weekly feature where we will discuss all thing related to our sitcoms in the digital world! This will be a feature of our website every Saturday from now on. Our main focus will be on home media releases (that includes both DVD and Blu-ray) of sitcoms, including news of recently announced home media releases and a reminder of home media releases for the upcoming week. Digital, though, implies much more than just home media formats. We will also talk about things on the internet that are sitcom relevant, particularly relating to watching sitcoms on the internet as well as some discussion of internet video features relating to sitcoms. But that's not all! Each week, we will conclude with one or two "feature stories," where we will go in-depth on a DVD topic. But if you are a fan of blog reviews, there is no need to worry--they aren't going anywhere! Most weeks, at least one of our "feature stories" will be a blog review. This week, we are going to review The Lucille Ball Specials -- Lucy Calls the President. We are also going to take a look at some of our favorite American sitcoms on DVD, but with a twist. We are going to look at foreign releases of American sitcoms, which sometimes can be different from the versions released in the United States. We are simply trying to make the blog a much more interesting destination for your Saturday routine, just like your routine on Sunday of reading the Sunday newspaper with a cup of coffee in your hand! So enough of the introduction... time to get down to business with the inaugural edition of Sitcoms Online Digital Digest!


DIGITAL NEWS

Rhoda Morgenstern (and Shout! Factory) gives New York a third "last chance" in Rhoda -- Season Three, set for release on July 6. It comes at a $29.98 MSRP and is expected to include all unedited episodes. But Shout! Factory has yet another release of another classic sitcom set for a release on April 20. The Bill Cosby Show -- Season Two contains the second (and final) season of Bill Cosby's early 1970s sitcom on a four disc set. It is available for $39.99, but it is being sold exclusively through Shout! Factory's direct-to-consumer program.

Two of Sunday night's animated sitcoms will have new releases on June 15. Family Guy - Volume 8 will include 15 episodes from seasons seven and eight of the series, and will include deleted scenes and a Family Guy Karaoke featurette. No commentaries have been announced yet, but it is expected that the set will have them, probably on every episode. It comes at a $49.98 MSRP. American Dad -- Volume 5 contains 14 episodes, with commentaries for most episodes, deleted scenes, and a "Power Hour Drinking Game" featurette (we aren't quite sure what that is yet). It comes at a $39.98 MSRP. Both sets are being released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

MPI Home Video has been on a roll lately with their recent announcements of The Honeymooners -- Second Honeymoon and The Honeymooners -- Valentine Special, both being specials from the 1970s and set for a May 4 release. Coming up in just a little over a week, on April 6 (and we will even have a review of it today), is The Lucille Ball Specials -- Lucy Calls the President, a 1970s Lucille Ball special featuring both Gale Gordon and Vivian Vance. But there is even bigger news for Lucille Ball fans with the announcement of Here's Lucy -- Season Three, set for release on June 15. It will include a plethora of special features, including introductions on every episode (from Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr.), home movies, syndication promos, photos, and even a crossover episode from Danny Thomas' series, Make Room for Granddaddy. And the best part? It comes at a low $29.98 MSRP.

MGM has announced some new titles that will be available exclusively through CreateSpace, a DVD-R format where DVDs are created on-demand for customers at Amazon.com. While there are no sitcoms in this batch (which is already available for preorder), Flipper -- Season Two, The New Adventures of Flipper -- Season One, and Highway Patrol -- Season One are among the TV series being included. MGM has very few sitcoms in their library, and much of what they do have aside from The Addams Family (which has been released in its entirety) has been licensed out to Shout! Factory. Hopefully the abandoned series Green Acres could be a potential future release through CreateSpace, but considering that MGM will likely be under new ownership in the near future, it is entirely possible that DVD releases from MGM could go in an entirely different direction.

A&E Home Video has two releases coming up for sitcoms airing on A&E's sister network, Lifetime. Sherri -- The Complete Season One contains all 14 episodes of the first season, along with some special features on a two disc set at a $19.95 MSRP. Rita Rocks -- The Complete First Season contains 20 episodes and special features on a three disc set. Both sets will be released on April 27.

Mill Creek Entertainment has announced several re-releases of action dramas previously released by Anchor Bay, including Hunter -- The Complete Second Season, 21 Jump Street -- The Complete Second Season, The Greatest American Hero -- The Complete First Season, and The Greatest American Hero -- The Complete Series. All are scheduled to be released on May 18, with the season sets having a $14.98 MSRP and The Greatest American Hero -- The Complete Series having a $29.98 MSRP. But if you just can't wait, you may already be able to find some of these releases at some stores at a nice discount! Target has been selling multi-season packs of all of the series mentioned for $15.00 since January (stock seems to be dwindling down now, though), and Best Buy has recently started selling (within the past week or so) The Greatest American Hero -- The Complete Series at the very low price of $19.99. These appear to be available only in stores, and not online.

Finally, CBS DVD is preparing My Three Sons -- The Second Season, Volume Two for a June 15 release. The set will contain the final 18 episodes of the sophomore season of the series.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

Next week (March 30) brings us a couple of DVD releases of interest to sitcom fans. The Abbott and Costello Show -- The Complete Series Collector's Edition from E1 Entertainment contains every episode of a series that often ranks as one of the greatest series of all-time. Shout! Factory has two sitcom releases, including Sports Night -- Season One (which has actually already been released as part of their previous Complete Series compilation) and Rhoda -- Season Two. The best part about the Rhoda set is that every episode is unedited and presented in much higher quality than the release of Rhoda -- Season One. You can read our review of Rhoda -- Season Two by clicking here. At the time of this edition of Digital Digest, we had not yet received review copies of the other two releases, but you can read our review of Sports Night -- The Complete Series by clicking here. Check back on our DVD Reviews page for reviews of these two sets coming shortly.


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This week, we are going to take a look at another DVD of The Lucille Ball Specials. After Here's Lucy left the air in 1974, Lucille Ball began a series of specials for CBS where she played characters similar to her roles in her previous series. In July, we took a look at the first release by MPI Home Video, The Lucille Ball Specials -- Lucy Gets Lucky/Three for Two. Now, we are going to take a look at Lucy Calls the President, a special from 1977 co-starring Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, and Ed McMahon.

DVD Review: The Lucille Ball Specials -- Lucy Calls the President
by skees53

The Lucille Ball Specials -- Lucy Calls the President (MPI, $14.98) is one of Lucille Ball's specials from CBS that aired following the conclusion of Here's Lucy. Airing in 1977, Ball plays Lucy Whittaker, a housewife from a small town named Bundy in Indiana, who calls President Jimmy Carter, and before she knows it, she finds herself planning for him to have dinner at the Whittaker house.

This special is one of the best of the series of specials, featuring a cast that reunites several of her former co-stars from previous series, as well as Ed McMahon and Steve Allen. Ed McMahon plays Floyd Whittaker, Lucy's husband, while Gale Gordon plays his father, Omar Whittaker, a staunch Republican who is less than pleased with the idea of a Democrat coming to dinner at the Whittaker house. Vivian Vance plays Lucy's best friend and neighbor Viv, who insists upon coming to dinner. Rounding out the cast is Mary Wickes as Lucy's Aunt Millie, and James Broadhead and Mary Jane Croft as the mayor and his wife. Steve Allen appears as himself, taping an interview with Lucy as she prepares for the visit from President Carter. Unlike the previous release of The Lucille Ball Specials, this one is more like a standard sitcom, being shot with multiple cameras and containing a live studio audience. It was also shot on videotape as opposed to film, and has the distinction of being the only thing that Lucille Ball ever starred in on tape.

The special begins with Lucy making a call to the White House to speak to the president, none other than Jimmy Carter. During the phone call, however, one thing leads to another, and before she knows it, President Carter decides that he will personally come to Bundy and have dinner at the Whittaker house. Of course, in the typical style of any Lucille Ball comedy, chaos and hilarity ensues as Bundy prepares for Mr. Carter's visit. Word spreads in Bundy like wildfire, and Viv insists upon coming over, using her friendship with Lucy as a reason to be invited. When Lucy's Aunt Millie wants to come, Viv tries to tell her that she isn't invited, which backfires when Millie threatens to have Viv's home foreclosed upon (and thus Millie is invited). The mayor insists upon being invited as well, and before Lucy knows it, everybody has invited every single person in town to dinner.

Now planning a dinner for 42 people (as opposed to the ten that she had initially planned to have), Lucy has her hands full preparing for the visit. Steve Allen drops by for an interview where everything goes wrong (including the sprinkler system going off in the lawn while taping the interview). The Secret Service makes a visit to the Whittaker house to make sure that everything is fine at the Whittaker house while Lucy and Floyd are at the grocery, which creates a serious problem when they return home and see the "prowler" roaming their living room. More shenanigans ensue, leading up to the big moment, which actually turns out to be a major disappointment at first, at least until Lucy gets a very special phone call from President Carter's mother, playing herself. The special appears to be completely unedited, running at 51 minutes and 3 seconds.

The DVD is packaged in a standard DVD case, as would be expected for a single special such as this one. The cover art has a photograph of Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, and Ed McMahon from the special. The back of the case has two photos, one showing Lucy on the telephone and the other showing a photo of Lucy and Viv. The disc artwork has the same photo as shown on the front cover of the DVD.

The menus are pretty straightforward, with the main menu having the theme music from the special and options of Play with Introduction, Play without Introduction, Special Features, and Subtitles On/Off. These are all pretty straightforward. Special Features takes you to another menu that simply lists the special features. Chapters are placed all throughout the special at all of the usual places.

The video and audio quality of this DVD is excellent, with no real problems to report. There aren't any defects in the video other than some slight aging, and the audio, presented in mono, is loud and clear. English subtitles are available on the main feature.

The DVD includes special features, and plenty of them at that. James Broadhead, who played the mayor, gives a brief introduction (1:42) that can optionally be played right before the beginning of the special. "From Rehearsal to Broadcast" (37:05) is a very lengthy featurette that contains a ton of lost footage from rehearsal of the special. It compares the rehearsal scenes to what we actually see in the special, and is very fun to watch. We even get to see shots from the different cameras used in the multiple camera setup here. "Working with Lucy" (18:39) is an all-new interview with James Broadhead, where he talks about his experiences of working with Lucille Ball. This featurette appears to be something that was intended to be included on one of the Here's Lucy DVD sets, but it is probably more appropriate for this set anyway. He talks a lot about his experiences of working with Lucy, with a lot of attention to her personality on the set. It was very interesting to watch. Perhaps the best feature, though, is "Lucy on The Tonight Show" (12:12), where we get to see a clip of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from the late 1960s where Carson interviews Lucy. It even includes some rehearsal footage from a Here's Lucy episode that Carson and Ed McMahon guest starred on. This is presented in black and white. "Let's Talk to Lucy" (18:22) is another edition of Lucille Ball's radio show, in a 1965 interview where she interviews Steve Allen. She seems to be very honored to have the opportunity to interview him, which is very much a change from how others would be honored to interview Lucy.

This is an excellent DVD that is a must-own for any Lucille Ball fan. This is the best special that I have seen from this so far, and many fans agree with that, particularly as it includes a final reunion of most of the cast of The Lucy Show. Specials like this wouldn't air on TV these days, but Lucille Ball was clearly such a powerful television star that she was able to get these on the air. It is too bad that more of the specials couldn't be as great as this one. Still, I look forward to seeing the other releases, and hope that MPI continues to do as good of a job on them as they did on this one.

(4.5/5 stars)

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American Sitcoms on DVD Around the World
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Take any DVD that you have out of your collection and look at the packaging. Chances are, if it is a release from any prominent studio, you'll see a little globe somewhere on the package that has the number "1" inside of it. If you are DVD savvy, then you already know what that means. But if not, I'll briefly explain it. It means that the DVD is manufactured such that it can only be viewed on DVD players manufactured to be used in Region 1, which includes the United States and Canada. A detailed explanation of regional coding can be found on Wikipedia.

We all know, however, that many of our favorite American series are popular in other countries besides our own, particularly in Europe. So one might suspect that the DVDs are encoded slightly different and that number "1" on the globe is replaced with another number. That is the case sometimes, but sometimes, the releases are much different than the United States releases, containing different edits of episodes, different special features, different audio tracks, and sometimes even different studios.

One Region 2 (that includes much of western Europe) DVD set that is drastically different from it's Region 1 counterpart is the first season of ALF. In the United States, Lionsgate Home Entertainment released ALF -- Season One in a highly disappointing set that included severely butchered episodes, some even running under 20 minutes. But in Region 2, Warner Home Video Germany released ALF -- Die Komplette Erste Staffel, containing episodes that are all unedited with the exception of one minor edit made for music copyright reasons. Lionsgate claimed that there were video quality issues with the first season episodes of ALF, but in watching the German release from Warner, there didn't appear to be any areas of concern at all.

Fans were disappointed with the releases of Roseanne -- The Complete First Season and The Cosby Show -- Season One in the United States, as they included all edited episodes. First Look Studios somewhat rectified the situation with The Cosby Show by releasing the first season unedited on The Cosby Show -- 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Edition, but that set is now out-of-print, leaving only the edited first season available for purchase. In the United Kingdom, however, Universal Pictures UK has the rights to release both series, and has been steadily releasing both series on DVD with unedited episodes. Other companies have the rights to the series in other countries, and it appears that only the first season of the Region 1 versions have suffered from edits.

Still, it doesn't take a whole other company to produce a better quality DVD set for another country. While Paramount's release of Happy Days -- The Complete First Season was a very nice set, subsequent releases from CBS DVD (Paramount's successor) have been a complete disappointment with music replacements all over the place. However, if you take a look at the later seasons as they were released in Region 2, you'll find the episodes unedited as they were intended to be. The Region 1 release of Married... With Children -- The Complete Fourth Season was a disaster, with more than 1/3 of the episodes being edited episodes. However, in Germany, the series was released by Sony without any edits. There is even a special DVD release for the series in the United Kingdom that includes every episode and a special bonus features disc not available in the United States. There are also Complete Series sets available for Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie in the United Kingdom and Japan.

We have even reviewed a few Canadian titles from the studio VEI, which has released Kate & Allie, Gimme a Break!, Hardcastle and McCormick, and Riptide. The best part about the VEI titles is that their titles are encoded for Region 1, as Canada and the United States are in Region 1. All of these titles were abandoned (or, in the case of Hardcastle and McCormick, never even started) in the United States. The Canadian releases give viewers a chance to see their favorite series on DVD. My Favorite Martian -- The Complete Third Season was even released in Australia (with Region 1 encoding for fans in the United States) after Rhino abandoned the TV-on-DVD business, although MPI is now planning a new Region 1 release for the third season.

All of these series include multiple audio tracks, with English being included on virtually every single international DVD release of an American sitcom that I have researched. The menus are typically in English, but in some cases, the packaging and episode information may be in a foreign language. Still, most viewers can usually figure things out with a little research. In general, it seems that there are fewer special features available on the international DVDs, likely a result of the original series cast and crew being based in the United States and having no deep interest in the international releases. Still, there are many cases where the international releases are better than the Region 1 release.

Due to the regional encoding, you can't just put one of these DVDs in your player and expect it to play. But it is relatively easy to modify your DVD player to make foreign DVDs work on your DVD player. VideoHelp.com has an excellent resource that can be found here that will help you modify your DVD player to play these DVDs (although you have to do this at your own risk, as any errors or mistakes could potentially render your DVD player useless). There are countless other resources available around the internet that can help you modify your DVD player to play DVDs from other regions. You can even look on Amazon.com or eBay to find DVD players that are already modified to be region-free, although you will likely pay quite a bit of money to get something that you can do yourself. There is also a secret that some DVD manufacturers won't advertise on some generic brand DVD players that just cost a few bucks. Many of these are region-free out of the box. They do not advertise this due to legal constraints (it is not illegal to own a modified DVD player or DVDs from another region, but it is illegal to ADVERTISE a DVD player as being modified), so you would have to do your own research to find out which ones are indeed region free.

You can find some of these DVDs for sale on various websites around the internet, but the best places to look are the various websites owned by Amazon.com, particularly Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.de. Note that Amazon.de is completely in German, so you might need to use a translation site such as Yahoo! Babel Fish to translate for you. Before you finalize your order, the total amount of the order will be converted into US dollars, so that you know exactly how much you are spending.


LOOKING AHEAD

We'll be back next Saturday for Sitcoms Online Digital Digest, where we will have more news for you (as we will each and every week!), a review of Battlestar Galactica -- The Complete Series, and a very special review of the international release of ALF -- Die Komplette Erste Staffel (that is The Complete First Season for those who don't know German). You won't want to miss it! In the meantime, we would like to hear your thoughts about this new blog feature. Let us know what you think by posting comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us. We are definitely interest in hearing what you think!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

ABC Officially Announces Romantically Challenged Premiere Date; TV Guide Network Acquires Weeds; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 29, 2010)

ABC has FINALLY at long last announced the premiere date of the highly anticipated multi-camera sitcom Romantically Challenged starring Alyssa Milano! Rumor premiere dates have been floating around for quite some time (such as April 5), but now ABC has finally announced a date! The series will premiere on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:32pm following Dancing with the Stars! So it should be good sampling for Alyssa Milano and company!
The sitcom has a 6 episode order and the series finished the tapings for this season last Thursday (March 18). The episodes will air April 19, 26, May 3, and 17. But that's only 4 episodes. On May 10 there is a two-hour Dancing with the Stars scheduled, so Romantically Challenged is not on that date but perhaps one of the episodes might air on a special night (like Wednesday with ABC Comedy Wednesday?). Or just saved for next season, if it gets picked-up. We'll let you know as soon as we now, but we are so happy this show has a premiere date! And for you fans of The Big Bang Theory, that series will be in REPEATS on April 19 and 26, so you can watch Romantically Challenged without missing that series!
Romantically Challenged is an ensemble comedy about four friends trying to find love and happiness. Alyssa Milano stars as Rebecca, a very recently divorced mom of two who hasn't gone on a date since President Clinton was in office. Rebecca's best friend since childhood, Perry, is a romance-aholic who falls in love with women 20 minutes after meeting them. Perry lives with his BFF Shawn, a struggling writer who has depended on Perry for financial stability since the turn of the century. Rounding out the group is Rebecca's younger sister Lisa, a sweet kindergarten teacher who tries to hurt every man before he can hurt her. The series stars Alyssa Milano as Rebecca, Kyle Bornheimer as Perry, Josh Lawson as Shawn and Kelly Stables as Lisa.
Stay with us for more info on this series, but make sure you watch the show on April19 and the other dates! It is going to be GREAT!!

The acclaimed comedy series Weeds will be available for the first time ever on basic cable exclusively on TV Guide Network beginning in September 2010. Produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Tilted Productions, Weeds is executive produced and created by Emmy Award winner Jenji Kohan and stars Mary-Louise Parker who earned a Golden Globe award for her series role as a suburban mom who deals pot to make ends meet after the death of her husband. TV Guide Network has acquired rights to air all episodes in the first five seasons of the series, as well as the show's future episodes, including its sixth season which is currently in production.
Weeds, which was acquired through Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury subsidiary, is the third major award-winning scripted series TV Guide Network has acquired over the past nine months. As TV Guide Network repositions itself as an entertainment programming destination, it will be debuting new, high-profile premium series beginning this summer. In June, the network will premiere Curb Your Enthusiasm, the groundbreaking improvisational comedy series created by and starring legendary producer Larry David. In Fall 2010, the network will launch a revamped primetime schedule including strips of Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ugly Betty.
Currently the TV Guide Network schedule consists of sitcom Just Shoot Me! weeknights at 6, Punk'd at various times, Ugly Betty Saturdays at 7, American Idol Rewind on weekends, VH-1 repeats of My Fair Brady, movies and more.

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of March 29-April 2, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, March 29, 2010
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds) - Kevin stops by to chat on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:05am ET.
  • Joel McHale (Community) - Joel stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am ET on CBS.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Cheers/Frasier/Hank) - Kelsey gives an interview for LIVE! with Regis & Kelly so check your local listings for time and channel.
  • Raven Symone (Cosby Show/Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/That's So Raven) - Raven stops by The Wendy Williams Show in this repeat from last month. Check local listings or watch it on BET at 12am.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

  • Clark Duke (Hearts Afire) - This former child sitcom star stops by Lopez Tonight at 11pm ET on TBS but he is now on Greek and theatrical movies, but who knows he might mention his start on sitcoms like last week on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) - The little guy stops by The Bonnie Hunt Show. Check local listings for time and channel.
  • Thomas Haden Church (Wings) - Former sitcom star stops by NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time/Hot in Cleveland) - She stops to talk to Joy on The Joy Behar Show on HLN at 9pm.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

  • Tyler Perry (House of Payne/Meet the Browns) - Tyler stops by THREE talk shows! First he stops by LIVE! with Regis & Kelly (check local listings for time/channel), then he is off to do the 10am hour of NBC's Today show, then finally stay up for the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am ET.
  • Wanda Sykes (Old Christine) - Wanda will be on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS at 12:35am ET.
  • John Corbett (United States of Tara) - John chats with Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show so check your local listings for time and channel.
  • Thomas Haden Church (Wings) - Thomas stops by The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check local listings for time and channel.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

  • Holly Robinson-Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/Like Family) - Holly and her daughter stop by the Today Show on NBC sometime between 7-9am ET.

Friday, April 2, 2010

  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - He will be on Tavis Smiley on PBS but probably not talking about his former sitcom dad role. Check your local listings for time.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers/Hank) - Kelsey stops by NBC's Today during the 10am hour.
  • John Corbett (United States of Tara) - John stops by CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Tyler Perry (House of Payne/Meet the Browns) - The director stop by the Oprah Show. Check local listings.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nick at Nite Upfront 2010: My Wife and Kids Coming Fall 2010; Raymond Marathon Scores in Ratings for TV Land; New Blog Feature Coming Saturday

Nickelodeon and its family of networks brought its annual upfront presentation to Los Angeles yesterday for the first time ever, where it announced new additions to its robust 2010-11 programming slate originally unveiled during its March 11 presentation in New York. We will only cover Nick at Nite's portion here, though. Nickelodeon has acquired My Wife and Kids (123 episodes), starring Damon Wayans (In Living Color, Major Payne), which will debut on Nick at Nite this fall (2010).
As of Fall 2008, My Wife & Kids has been airing on cable network ABC Family. The series has been in local broadcast syndication since Fall 2005. Will it continue on ABC Family or will Nick at Nite end up sharing the cable rights with ABC Family? We have confirmed it is a shared deal between the two cable networks, so ABC Family will continue to air next fall when Nick at Nite starts airing it. Stay with us for updates on the timings of the deal (and if we do have an update today, we will EDIT it in here ASAP).
The series aired originally on ABC from 2001-2005. The series was paired with George Lopez, which is Nick at Nite's highest rated show, on two separate occasions on ABC (2002-2003 on Wednesday and 2004-05 on Tuesdays). Now they will possibly air together again come this fall!
Additionally, Nick at Nite announced that it will premiere the second season of the family favorite Glenn Martin, DDS, on Father's Day, June 20, 2010.

TV Land viewers fell in love all over again with the hilarious Barone family during the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond launch marathon on Thursday, March 18 through Sunday, March 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET/PT. The primetime launch marathon event averaged nearly 1 million total viewers and posted double digit ratings and delivery increases over recent and year ago primetime levels.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the marathon posted an increase of 56% over recent levels among total viewers and was up 22% over a year ago attracting 942,000 total viewers. The event scored a 0.4 rating and 430,000 viewers among the network's target A25-54 audience, up 37% in rating and 35% in viewers 25-54 over recent levels and up 41% in rating and 39% in viewers 25-54 versus a year ago.
Among TV Land's core A40-54 audience, the launch event posted a 0.5 rating and 276,000 viewers 40-54, scoring double digit increases of 26% in both rating and viewers 40-54 over recent levels. Compared to a year ago, it scored a 20% increase in rating and was up 18% in viewers 40-54.
The event was a success with TV Land's female audience posting a 0.5 rating and 278,000 viewers among W25-54, up 44% in rating and 42% in W25-54 viewers over recent levels. Versus a year ago, it was up 58% in rating and 57% in W25-54 viewers.
All in all, a decent start for Everybody Loves Raymond on TV Land. Will it continue? We will have to see, so stay with us for further updates! We will have the TV Land May 2010 highlights soon, so stay with us for that as well!

Finally, there will be a new feature coming to the blog this Saturday. It will be called "Digital Digest" and we will have it every Saturday effective this Saturday (March 27). Just what does "Digital Digest" mean? Basically we will give you some news on sitcoms on DVDs, along with a reminder of what sitcoms are coming on DVD for the coming week. And don't fret, our blog review will immediately follow with a new name that we will reveal on Saturday. You'll have to come and see on Saturday to see what this is like! I think it is going to be a refreshing change to Saturdays! Do come by and check it out!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TeenNick Books That '70s Show Marathon; Episode Cut for Two and a Half Men, While 'Til Death and Scrubs Canceled?

Get ready to go back to the '70s this weekend as TeenNick presents a 24-hour marathon of That '70s Show! The marathon starts Friday at 8pm and will run until 8pm Saturday. So come hang with the whole gang in the Forman Basement for 24 straight hours! The series of course regularly airs on TeenNick every night from 12-2am ET, as it has been doing for quite some time now.
That '70s Show revolves around the lives of several teens living in Wisconsin in 1976 including Eric Forman (Topher Grace), who lives under the authority of parents, the girl next door and girlfriend Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), a foreign-exchange student soaking up American culture, Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), her on-again, off-again boyfriend Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), the conspiracy theorist of the group. The gang spends their time in Eric's basement, thinking of their lives, parents, and futures, but they manage to get into funny adventures and mishaps along the way through their teenage years.
Also in primetime all next week on TeenNick starting Sunday, March 28 at 8pm, get caught up on Degrassi everyday in primetime (8pm-12am) all-week long leading up to the Degrassi: Broken Promises premiere on Friday, April 2. The entire day on Friday, April 2 will be Degrassi starting at 6am.

Last month we mentioned because of Charlie Sheen dealing with "a personal matter," that production would be halted for a few weeks on his CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. He recently came back to the set so production has resumed, but because of the delay, two episodes will be cut from this season's order going from 24 episodes to 22 episodes. It is unclear if CBS will still schedule the next new episode (episode 19) scheduled for April 12, since they will likely have to save the remaining four episodes (eps 19-22) of the season for May sweeps. The other CBS Monday comedies have more than a 22 episode order (How I Met Your Mother has 24 and The Big Bang Theory has 23) so they can air one or two times in April with no problem. I guess stay tuned!

Meanwhile, it looks like the end of the road for Fox's 'Til Death after four seasons. The series star Brad Garrett announced the news. The series hasn't really aired in a normal timeslot since season two when it was pulled from the schedule after November 2007. It has been brought back to be burned-off in a bulk load since (you know it is bad when they air four new episodes on Christmas Day). A few unaired season two episodes ended up airing in season three and at least fifteen unaired episodes from season three have been airing this season (the fourth season). And the fourth season has a full 22 episode order, too, so Fox is double-pumping these episodes and the unaired season three episodes to quickly get through them.
Back in Jan. 2009, Fox surprisingly announced it had renewed the series for a fourth season despite pulling the series from the schedule with many episodes left in the third season. It was done because Fox got a very cheap deal from Sony, which produces the series, and they would have enough episodes for syndication. It's still unclear how many total episodes the series will have, but it seems at least 85 episodes will be available when it is all said and done.

Finally, the long-running sitcom [scrubs] looks like it is also ending after nine seasons. Zach Braff posted on his Facebook fan page that the series will not return:
"Many of you have asked, so here it is: it appears that "New Scrubs,"
"Scrubs 2.0," "Scrubs with new kids," "Scrubbier," "Scrubs without JD" is no
more. It was worth a try, but alas... it didn't work. zb."

Zach appeared on 6 of the 13 episodes this season, which focused on the new med school students and had a subtitle of [Med School]. So, [scrubs][Med School] looks like is no more, but ABC has yet to announce this. This is not a surprise, though. If [scrubs] is not back then certainly Better off Ted won't be back either (which is a shame).
Stay with us for an official update, as [scrubs] has been called dead before and it came back, but with Braff saying this, it is less likely of a return.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

ALN and FamilyNet Acquire Flipper and The New Flipper; JustMyShow Podcast with William Katt

"The Home Of Family Networks" AmericanLife Network & FamilyNet TV have acquired the family adventure series Flipper and The New Flipper starting in May 2010! The classic half-hour series Flipper, which ran from 1964-67, will air weekday afternoons in the 4pm ET half-hour on ALN (AmericanLife Network) starting Monday, May 3, 2010. Merv Griffin's Crosswords follows now at 4:30pm and the rest of the line-up will remain the same, which includes Phyllis and Rhoda (weekdays 10-11am and 5-6pm). Flipper, a Bottlenose Dolphin, is the companion animal of Porter Ricks, Chief Warden at fictional Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve in southern Florida, and his two young sons Sandy and Bud. The series starred Brian Kelly as Porter Ricks. The series aired on NBC for three seasons and lasted 88 episodes. As of now only the first season is on DVD, so this is a good pick-up by ALN!
Sister network FamilyNet TV will air The New Flipper! That series was a one-hour revival series that aired 30 years later. It aired from 1995-2000 and it is remembered mainly for featuring (in its first two seasons) the gorgeous Jessica Alba before she was a star! The series lasted four seasons and 88 episodes (like the original series), with the first two seasons airing in first-run syndication and the last two seasons airing on PAX TV (now known as ION Television). All episodes are available on Hulu but have not been released on DVD. This version of Flipper will air on FamilyNet TV weekdays at 4pm (so yes it is odd that it will go up against the original Flipper on sister net ALN), replacing an hour of Black Beauty (which will now only air Sunday nights from 2-4am ET). The New Flipper will be in between Merv Griffin's Crosswords (3-4pm) and Lou Grant (5-7pm). There are no other changes to the FamilyNet line-up.

Believe it or not, our good buddy Eric of JustMyShow.com has a new podcast up! At long last, one of his most wanted guests...William Katt, star of The Greatest American Hero, joins Just My Show to talk about the world's most reluctant superhero and his comic book company. And if that is not enough for you, there is a special surprise appearance by The Greatest American Hero's Faye Grant and also Stunt Coordinator Dennis "Danger" Madalone! Are you walking on air after reading that? Head on over there to listen to this podcast!

Finally, V returns next Tuesday on ABC, but tonight there is a recap of the first four episodes at 10:06pm ET on ABC. Hurry and catch up before they return next Tuesday!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Nick at Nite April 2010 Highlights; Ritter Rules Created to Help Prevent Aortic Health Issues, Join Facebook Page

It will be a quiet and consistent April 2010 on Nick at Nite. There are a few minor schedule changes though for weekends. First, the 6am-7am airings of Family Matters on weekends will be removed for airings of the animated Nick series All Grown Up starting April 3. Family Matters will still air in this hour on weekday mornings. The other change is to Saturdays in the 11pm hour. Starting April 3 another hour of George Lopez will air replacing an hour of The Nanny. So George now airs on Saturdays from 10pm-12am and The Nanny is reduced to the 12am hour on Saturdays. This means Nickelodeon programming will air all weeks now in the 9pm hour on Saturdays, since sometimes George was scheduled there. Everything else remains the same as it is now.
Highlights wise, the weekend of April 3-4 will see some movies air. On Saturday, April 3 from 9-11pm ET/PT (and again on Sunday, April 4 from 7-9pm), the movie What A Girl Wants airs. The movie is about a 17-year old free spirit Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes), raised by her equally free-spirited mother, goes to England to meet her father, who turns out to be a wealthy aristocrat (Colin Firth). Daphne then must struggle with a snobby half-sister and with following the social obligations expected of her while maintaining her own identity. Also airing is an encore of the movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging on Sunday, April 4 from 9-11pm ET/PT.
Finally, an all-new episode of Glenn Martin, DDS will air Monday, April 12 at 8pm. A special airing of that episode will also air on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 8pm. I do not have episode details yet, but it seems it will be a Tax Day related episode since it is airing on Tax Day. Stay with us for more.
For now, view the full Nick at Nite April 2010 schedule and highlights.

As you all know here John Ritter passed away in 2003 of a torn aorta and a large aneurysm, but he was treated for a heart attack, and died later that night. In a lawsuit that followed his death, the family's lawyers claimed his life could have been saved. After John passed away, his widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, started looking for information on the condition that killed him. She began searching online and making connections with people who've been affected by similar heart conditions.
Since then, Amy has created the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (which we have mentioned many times here and we here at SitcomsOnline are big supporters of) and campaigns for greater public awareness of the disease with The Thoracic Aortic Disease (TAD) Coalition.
Amy Yasbeck was on the CBS morning program The Early Show last week announcing "The Ritter Rules." The rules will help people with detection and treatment of the disease. Dr. Dianna Milewicz, of the University of Texas Medical School, who developed "The Ritter Rules" also appeared on the broadcast. View the video of this interview, especially if you missed it.
And next week (March 31), the Foundation will have a new design to its website. Recently, the Foundation joined Facebook, and as of this writing, has over 840 fans already. And many people are being helped and guided who have this condition or knows someone who does! It is just amazing. Amy is personally assisting everyone! John's name is going into a good cause and is going to save many lives for years to come! What better way to preserve John Ritter's memory! PLEASE be a fan of The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health on Facebook! It really is making a difference and I'm so proud to promote this!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week 26 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 26 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):
(We don't have the final network averages through Thursday AGAIN (sorry), but we do have final program averages through Thursday in the analysis below)

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

Week 26 (March 15-21) Analysis: For week 26, thus far through the first four nights it is a battle between CBS and Fox. So far through the first four days of the week I can project, Fox is first in HH/viewers and 18-49, but with a bigger lead in 18-49. In second is CBS. NBC is in third actually and ABC is in fourth with lots of repeats. Last week, week 25, CBS took home first place in HH/viewers, but it did come short to Fox in 18-49. Fox was second in HH/viewers while CBS was second in 18-49. ABC was third across the board but NBC did manage to tie ABC for third in 18-49, but NBC was fourth in HH/viewers.

On Monday it was Fox with the win but CBS was in repeats primarily but still did decent. Before I get to that, ABC started it off with A Special Edition of 20/20: Inside the Bachelor - The Stories Behind the Rose special from 8-10pm doing a decent 7.99 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, with growth every half-hour. ABC will launch Dancing with the Stars tomorrow in this timeslot. At 10pm, ABC aired a repeat of Castle to decent repeat numbers doing 6.58 million, but the buzz is all about tomorrow's first part of the two-part episode event that guest stars Dana Delany! Series highs tomorrow I'm guessing. CBS was primarily in repeats with its comedies and a repeat of CSI: Miami closed the night. How I Met Your Mother repeat started it off with 5.97 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, on par really with recent repeat airings, while a new Rules of Engagement did 7.7 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, both down a lot from previous week but its lead-in was a repeat this week. Two and a Half Men followed with a repeat doing 12.7 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating and The Big Bang Theory followed with a repeat of its own doing 11.67 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating. Look for new airings tomorrow of the comedies then a few more weeks off. A repeat of CSI: Miami at 10pm did 8.96 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating. Fox started off with a an all-new House doing a solid 11.37 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, but way down from previous week, especially in 18-49. Daylight Savings effect? 8pm hour is always slaughtered it seems. A new episode of 24 was next doing 9.01 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. NBC was of course in fourth with a new Chuck doing a season low 5.85 million and only a 1.9 18-49 rating, then Trauma followed and did 5.24 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, but actually up some from previous week's return of series lows. At 10pm a new Law & Order did only 6.95 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, up some from previous week but it just barely beat a Castle repeat on ABC. Looks like this show doesn't have any legs anymore after 20 seasons. The CW started with Life UneXpected at 8pm and it did 2.08 million, up from previous week actually even with DST in effect. Then at 9pm Gossip Girl was all-new and did 1.73 million, on par really from previous week in this slot, but still could be better.

On Tuesday, Fox and CBS battled. Fox aired an all-new American Idol with 22.91 million for two-hours, up a tad some from previous week when it was only an hour. Its 18-49 rating dropped a bit though going from a 8.2 to 8.1 this week though even with two-hours. CBS started with a new NCIS doing 18.0 million, down a lot from previous week. DST effect again. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a new episode of its own doing 15.1 million, down nearly two million from previous week, maybe because of Idol at 9pm this week. And finally CBS aired a new The Good Wife doing a solid 13.4 million, down some from previous week. ABC started off with a LOST enhanced encore doing 3.77 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, both off a bit from previous week and season lows for the enhanced encore. Again...DST effect. Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 8.87 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, both down from the previous week when it didn't face Idol head to head. Look for a 6 minute overrun for this week's episode (airing from 9-10:06pm). ABC aired a recap/clip show for FLASHFORWARD at 10pm and did 4.26 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating...not bad for a recap, but could have been a bit better. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 7.34 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, but both were off from previous week again as it seems this season the ratings haven't been as strong as before. The third episode of Parenthood was next and dropped a bit more from previous week doing 5.83 and 2.3 18-49 rating. It needs to do better and before the return of V on ABC next week (March 30). The CW aired new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place but they were brushed off by everyone as usually, as they did only 1.84 and 1.13 million. The former was actually up a bit from previous week, but not the latter series.

On Wednesday Fox prevailed, with a slower than usual night. Fox started with a new Human Target and did 8.01 million, good for first place in its hour, and up some from previous week. American Idol Results were next at 9pm and did 20.51 million, down a tad from previous week. 18-49 rating was down too from a 7.5 to 6.8. CBS started at 8pm with a repeat Old Christine doing 5.23 million and only a 1.4 18-49 rating. Gary Unmarried was next and new for the last time this season doing 5.7 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Not too good against ABC's repeat. Next CBS aired a repeat of Criminal Minds at 7.74 million and a repeat of CSI: NY at 10pm did 7.46 million, as both seem below normal for repeats. ABC comedies were next with the finale of [scrubs] instead of the normal Modern Family repeat at 8pm doing 3.44 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, both off from previous week, a repeat of The Middle was next doing building up to 4.07 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Modern Family was a repeat in its normal 9pm slot and did 4.92 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par with normal repeat numbers. Next Cougar Town was a repeat too and did 3.51 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, as this series doesn't repeat as well. Ugly Betty was next but it was all-new and only mustered 3.33 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating airing out of repeats for series lows. The series finale airs on April 14. NBC started with Mercy and only managed 5.55 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, both down some from previous week. A repeat of Law & Order: SVU was next and did 5.05 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating, down some week-to-week, but that was leading into an all-new episode at 10pm that did a solid 9.65 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, both up from previous week but remember CSI: NY was a repeat for CBS. The CW aired aired another 90-minute America's Next Top Model doing a solid 3.78 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week's premiere, but then a new High Society could only do 1.18 million and a 0.5 18-49 rating, not good and down from the premiere even.

Moving on to Thursday it was CBS with the win thanks to the first day of NCAA Basketball. CBS preempted its regular line-up of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains at 8pm, CSI at 9pm, and The Mentalist at 10pm for NCAA coverage from 7-9:59pm doing 8.9 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. Ratings for 9:59pm and on were not available just yet, but coverage from 9:59pm-10:10pm did a solid 10.11 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating. ABC started with the two-hour return of FLASHFORWARD from 8-10pm and did 6.5 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, but the latter grew in the half-hour marks. It was a great return so hopefully the positive message spread and most viewers know about it and return. It needs to do at least 8 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating I think. Grey's Anatomy was preempted this week, but returns with a new showing this week. A repeat of Private Practice was next doing 4.1 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Fox aired a repeat of Bones and did 6.41 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. A repeat of Fringe was next and did 4.32 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. NBC aired new episodes of their comedies as Community did 5.07 million and Parks & Recreation did 4.63 million, both up a tad from previous week. Next The Office did 7.67 million but a season low 3.6 18-49 rating, as the total viewers was up some from previous though. Next 30 Rock was new and did 6.8 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. At 10pm NBC aired a new episode of the crazy The Marriage Ref and did 7.6 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating, up from previous week but there was lighter competition this week. The CW aired a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing 1.38 million and Supernatural was a repeat and did 1.4 million, both up some from previous week.

Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with coverage of the NCAA Basketball tournament.
Saturday numbers saw Fox take a back seat with their crime reality series as CBS won thanks to NCAA Basketball again.
Tonight ABC airs two new series as the normal line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters doesn't fully happen, as the special Thin Ice airs at 7 and a preview of new series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution airs at 10. 8pm and 9pm are normal though and all-new. CBS has a new The Amazing Race and the fake Undercover Boss at 9pm, but will there be an overrun for CBS tonight with NCAA into the 7pm hour? NBC has new game show A Minute to Win It followed by a new Celebrity Apprentice starting at 8pm. Fox has new episodes of their animated comedies and new episodes of live action sitcoms 'Til Death and Sons of Tucson, but both of those are doing bad. Will Fox or CBS win the week? It will be close, but I think Fox might hang on. The loser will be second place for sure though. NBC will be in a distant third and ABC will likely have to settle for 4th since it aired lots of repeats. As for this coming week, ABC returns megahit Dancing with the Stars tomorrow, and it looks to be a big season!

Week 26 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 25-- March 8-14)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Two all-new episodes were barely on the map in the 7pm hour doing only 2.01 and 1.98 million...not good and both were lower than the previous week. Daylight savings time or not, these are not good numbers.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A new episode only managed 5.18 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating...on a very slow night it seems across the board. There was also a special repeat at 8:30pm that did better, doing 5.44 million and 2.5 18-49 rating, a bit higher than previous week's repeat.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted again.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A new showing did 6.66 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. Viewers seems lower than normal and 18-49 is a bit off as well, but still solid.
  • American Dad (Fox) - on hiatus.
  • Sons of Tucson (Fox) - The series premiere did TERRIBLE. Only 4.47 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, lower than the average repeat airing even in this half-hour this season. Fox needs to learn scripted comedies do not work with Animation Domination. Will it be pulled after tonight's airing? I don't think Fox can muster 12 more weeks out of this.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A repeat did 5.97 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating...on par it seems with its normal repeat numbers.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 7.7 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating for a new episode, but it was obviously down from previous week since its lead-in was a repeat. Not bad numbers, but could have been better.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 12.7 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for a repeat. Excellent.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 11.67 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for a repeat. Even better since it skewed younger than its lead-in.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 5.23 million for a repeat is OK but 1.4 18-49 rating could be better.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 5.7 million for a new episode was down a million from previous week when its lead-in was new.
  • [scrubs] [Med School] (ABC) - The final airing of the season only did 3.45 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating...much lower than the usual Modern repeat in this slot. I don't think we will see this series again next season.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A repeat did 4.07 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, but could have done better with the normal Modern repeat as its lead-in. New episode this week!
  • Modern Family (ABC) - The regular 9pm airing was a repeat and did 4.92 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating, on par with normal repeat numbers. New episode this week!
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A repeat did 3.51 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. And yes, new airing this week!

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - 5.07 million for a new episode and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Not good but up a tad from previous week at least.
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.63 million for a new episode and a 2.0 18-49 rating. Needs to do better.
  • The Office (NBC) - A new episode did 7.67 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating. Viewers was up some from previous week, but 18-49 was down a tad for a season low.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - 6.8 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating seems above average. I guess this series skews more female than male?

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of 'Til Death at 7 on Fox followed by new episodes of the Fox animated comedies starting at 8 and sitcom Sons of Tucson.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Office were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Rules of Engagement, 30 Rock) or just plain old terrible (such as [scrubs], Sons of Tucson & 'Til Death from week 25).

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blog DVD Review: Game Show Moments Gone Bananas (Plus A Look At The Price is Right, Match Game, All-Star Family Feud DVD Sets)

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the blog DVD review! Today we take a look at Mill Creek Entertainment's Game Show Moments Gone Bananas. Game Show Moments Gone Bananas shows us hours worth of hilarious clips from classic game shows. This is a must for any game show fan! See skees53's blog DVD review of Game Show Moments Gone Bananas:

Game Show Moments Gone Bananas (Mill Creek Entertainment, $9.98) presents nearly four hours of the funniest moments from the FremantleMedia library of game shows from around the world. The series, hosted by Ben Stein, aired on VH-1 in summer 2005 and features some of the funniest bloopers, worst answers, and some things that weren't even intended to be funny (but were) from classic game shows such as Family Feud, Match Game, Beat the Clock, The Price is Right, Password, Press Your Luck, Tattletales, What's My Line?, and more. This DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment presents all five episodes on a single disc. There are many hilarious moments featured on the DVD, mostly from American game shows, but also some foreign game shows--even including the Mexican and Australian versions of The Price is Right! The highlights from each episode, as well as runtimes (all are unedited as they were on VH-1), are as follows:

• Episode One (43:22)
o Richard Dawson receiving a pat on the behind from a contestant on Family Feud.
o A contestant being called to "come on down" while being in the restroom on The Price is Right
o Richard Moll being forced to guess a Super Password answer with hints "hairy" and "palm."
o A family who gives answers of "alligator" and "frog" to the category "animals with three letters in their name" on Family Feud.
o Marsha Warfield giving an answer of "boobs" on a "bobbing for BLANK" clue on Match Game.

• Episode Two (43:06)
o An entire family giving Richard Dawson very passionate kisses on Family Feud.
o A kid who claims to has three older and more mature girlfriends on Child's Play.
o Two families that have an incredibly difficult time understanding a category on Family Feud.
o A woman not understanding how to play skeeball on The Price is Right.
o A woman who doesn't quite seem to understand what an appliance is on Family Feud.

• Episode Three (43:06)
o A contestant giving a very sexually explicit clue to describe a honeymoon on Showoffs.
o A Playboy model who accidentally hits the buzzer on Family Feud with something other than her hands.
o A woman who "comes on down" on The Price is Right and publicly mentions that her bra has broken.
o Rip Taylor flipping his wig--very literally--on Super Password.
o A woman who answers "hole punch" when asked to name something with a hole in the middle on Family Feud.

• Episode Four (43:01)
o A family who gives random names as answers to "characters in a James Bond" movie.
o Phyllis Diller giving a clue of "masticates" on Super Password and being deeply misunderstood.
o A woman cheating on Shell Game on The Price is Right by picking up a shell.
o Betty White being forced to restrain herself given a certain clue on Super Password.
o A series of sexually suggestive clues from Alex Trebek's Double Dare.

• Episode Five (43:02)
o A home bar being featured on The Price is Right that doesn't work as advertised.
o Special appearance by Vanna White (before she was famous) on The Price is Right.
o A woman who beats the odds with some incredibly bad skils (but good random guesses) on Clock Game on The Price is Right.
o Norman Fell not being able to understand what a sperm bank is on Tattletales.
o A series of really bad answers from one family on Family Feud.

Many of the clips are good, but my only complaint is that there were way too many clips from the British game show Distraction, which weren't really particularly funny at all. There is also a large number of clips from Family Feud. Aside from that, though, most of the other clips are pretty enjoyable to watch.
Each episode also has a special countdown of certain top five moments, presented by celebrities relevant to the topic on the episode. This "countdown" appears right where each of the commercial breaks would have appeared when the episodes aired on VH-1. They are as follows:

1. Top Five Host Screw Ups, presented by Chuck Woolery
2. Top Five Blond Moments, presented by Kato Kaelin
3. Top Five Wardrobe Malfunctions, presented by Jay Manuel
4. Top Five Celebrity Moments, presented by Ed McMahon
5. Top Five Brain Freeze Moments, presented by Cindy Margolis

The DVD has some very bizarre (and honestly bad) packaging, containing just one disc inside a black paper sleeve inside a double thick keepcase. It seems like it would have been easier to just place the DVD in a standard DVD case, but they did not. The cover art has a yellow and purple color scheme with logos of many of the series featured on the DVD, and the back includes a brief description of the set, as well as logos from some of the other series featured on the DVD.

The main menu on each disc has a purple and yellow color scheme, with the theme music from the episodes playing in the background and several TVs with some of the game show moments floating around. The options on the main menu include Select Show and Play. Select Show just brings up five more TVs, with each one numbered 1 to 5. Once you select an episode, it plays right away. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.

The video quality on the DVD leaves quite a bit to be desired, which is surprising for a show as new as this one. Of course, many of the clips are from older game shows, but even the newly taped parts featuring Ben Stein looks kind of rough, with poor lighting and picture quality that is far from being described as crisp. The audio is fine for the most part, although it isn't going to really impress anybody. The episodes are neither subtitled nor closed-captioned.

The DVD has no special features, but in a way, that is what we would kind of expect from a series that is itself almost like a special feature. Still, maybe some additional game show moments would have been nice. The ones included in the episodes are far from an all-inclusive list of funny game show moments.

All in all, this is a fun DVD to watch if you can find it at a decent price, and I've already seen it in some stores for only $5. It is more than worth it for that price. Sure, you can see many of these clips as YouTube videos, but they are much nicer to watch on the TV screen. This DVD is worth it for any game show fan out there, and despite some bad filler material on many of the episodes, there are many great moments within the episodes.

-- Reviewed by skees53
(3.5/5 stars)

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But don't leave yet! We have more game show DVD updates from Mill Creek Entertainment to share! Game Show Moments Gone Bananas is actually a rerelease of a DVD that was previously released by the former company BCI, which is no longer in business. Mill Creek has also rereleased several other game shows, which include The Price is Right, Match Game, All-Star Family Feud, and Password. These sets are all the same as the previous versions that we have reviewed, although they are now presented in standard double-thick keepcases and at a lower price. Click on the titles to buy them from Amazon!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Spike TV April 2010 Has 'The Unit'; Brady Bunch Special Collection at Illinois State University; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 22, 2010)

Spike TV will be adding reruns of The Unit starting April 5, 2010. The action series will air weekdays at 6pm. Spike TV is obtaining it from sister Viacom network BET, which has aired the series since November but it seems it didn't do well for them in the ratings. Recently it was airing late nights on Saturdays, but it seems even that is gone now. The Unit will also continue to air on MyNetwork TV in primetime on Wednesday nights and on cable on Sleuth (in marathon blocks), in addition to now airing on Spike TV.
In other Spike TV April 2010 schedule news, CSI: NY will now air weekdays from 9am-12pm, followed by the original CSI from 12pm-4pm, followed by originals, then The Unit at 6pm. A mix of originals, CSI and The Unit is at 7pm. In late night, CSI is on some nights at 1am (original encores other nights), 2am now has a mix of Star Trek: Voyager and The Shield, with Unsolved Mysteries moving to 3am but sharing the hour on some nights with Disorderly Conduct: Video on Patrol.

"The Brady Bunch Special Collection" is now at the University Archives at Illinois State University Milner Library in Normal, Illinois.
The Collection was created in January 2010 by Susan Olsen (who played Cindy Brady) and her creative partner Ted Nichelson, when they donated an extensive array of Brady Bunch artifacts which include photographs, slides, scripts, newspaper clippings, magazines, scenic designs, and relevant memorabilia.
The Illinois State University Archives and Special Collections is one of the leading archival institutions in the United States and houses more the 35,000 items. Susan has already donated many items such as letters, scripts, clippings, photos, schedules, audio tapes, etc. The Brady Bunch has had a monumental role in shaping American pop culture and this Collection will ensure that its legacy endures long into the future. They would like to develop an authoritative archive devoted to the Bradys. Fans can contribute to this collection as well. Contact Toni Tucker at the university if you have any items to contribute! Groovy!

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of March 22-26, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, March 22, 2010
  • Betty White (Mary Tyler Moore/Golden Girls) - Betty stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show so check your local listings for time and channel.
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) - Edie gives an interview for CBS's The Early Show sometime between 7-9am.
  • Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show, etc.) - Ed stops by Encore with John Palmer on RLTV at 6:30pm.
  • Betty Garrett (Laverne & Shirley) - Betty stops by The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 2pm ET in this repeat.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) - The sultry sitcom star will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm ET on NBC.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric stops by Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am ET on ABC!
  • Clark Duke (Hearts Afire) - This former child sitcom star is now on Greek and theatrical movies, but who knows he might mention his start on sitcoms on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:05am ET since he hasn't been on many talk shows yet.
  • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) - "Krakow" stops by NBC's Today Show in the 10am hour.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina stops by the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS at 11:35pm ET.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Even though Bryan won't likely be mentioning his past sitcom but we will mention he will be on Late Show with David Letterman on CBS at 11:35pm ET.
  • Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie McDermott (The Middle) - The kids from the hilarious ABC sitcom stop by TWO of ABC's morning shows first on Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am ET and then The View at 11am ET/10am PT.
  • Adrienne Barbeau (Maude) - She stops by Encore with John Palmer on RLTV at 8:30pm ET and encores at 11:30pm ET.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

  • Lizzy Caplan (The Class/Party Down) - Lizzy stops by Last Call With Carson Daly on NBC at 1:35am ET.

Friday, March 26, 2010

  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) - Yes, this is a repeat, but watch as she will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show so check your local listings for time and channel.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser/How I Met Your Mother) - This is a REPEAT from November, but catch him on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly again. Check local listings for time and channel.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - He will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on NBC at 12:35am ET but probably not talking about his former sitcom dad role.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

TV One April 2010 Highlights; MTV's First Original Sitcom Premieres in June

It's time for another edition of TV One monthly highlights! Today we will look at the upcoming month of April 2010! On Saturday, April 10 beginning at 2pm, TV One begins Legends Weekend as they salute comedy legend Richard Pryor with programming featuring his unparalleled comedic timing and talent. After a movie at 2pm, take a comedy master class as TV One airs a 10-hour marathon of the classic short-lived TV variety series The Richard Pryor Show from 4pm-2am ET. All five episodes will air TWICE! So here is another chance for you all to see this short-lived gem!
On Saturday, April 17 beginning at 4pm through 10pm and again from 12am-6am, TV One throws actor/comedian Martin Lawrence (whose actual Birthday is April 16) a Birthday Bash in the form of a Martin sitcom marathon. TV One is celebrating their top sitcom performer in the ratings with a look back at some of the extraordinary comedian's hilarious and most memorable characters in the sitcom including Sheneneh, Roscoe, Otis the Security Guard, Dragonfly Jones, and Jerome.
That's all for special stunts, but there are some weekday regular schedule changes. It is not major, but still noteworthy! The weekday morning block of 7-9am will have some changes, as For Your Love is now gone in the 7am hour starting Monday, April 5. Replacing it will be an hour of The Jeffersons. Then in the 8am hour we now get a full hour of Amen starting April 5, as previously it was just one episode at 8:30am. The Jeffersons was airing in the 8am half-hour, but it won't air there anymore since it will be moving to the 7am hour. Everything else remains the same as it is now, which includes Good Times rounding out the morning sitcom block airing in the 9am hour.

Scripted comedy makes its debut this summer on MTV with the premiere of The Hard Times of RJ Berger on Sunday, June 6 at 11pm ET/PT following the MTV Movie Awards. A half-hour, single camera, scripted, coming-of-age comedy that follows the awkward life of RJ Berger, a late-blooming loser with an anatomical gift, The Hard Times of RJ Berger provides a glimpse into classic teenage milestones.
Following the premiere, the series will move to its regularly scheduled Monday night timeslot at 10pm ET/PT on Monday, June 14. The first season will consist of 12 episodes. Every episode begins and ends with a "My name is RJ Berger" thought from RJ - a measure of what he's learned that week. Each episode of the series will also incorporate a stylized animation sequence, identifying the show with pop culture and video games. The series was created by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.
The Hard Times of RJ Berger portrays the hilariously-hellish lives of a deeply unpopular 15 year-old named RJ Berger (Paul Iacono) and his scheming, sex-obsessed best friend, Miles Jenner (Jareb Dauplaise). For RJ, other than pining after the girl of his dreams, Jenny Swanson (Amber Lancaster), receiving daily beatings from the meanest jock in school, Max Owens (Jayson Blair), and evading the stalker-ish advances of Lily Miran (Kara Taitz), there really isn't much excitement in his life. That is, until his anatomical gift is accidentally exposed to the entire school. In a single moment, RJ goes from anonymous to infamous, and for the first time in his life, he feels a tiny sliver of confidence. A coming-of-age comedy about a high school sophomore, the series is part The Wonder Years and part Superbad.

Check out a sneak peek of this original MTV comedy:

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Comedy Central Moves One 'Married' in April, New Sitcom News; NBC Additional Summer Series; Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Comedy Central has been airing Married...with Children since Feb. 8, but a schedule change is coming in April. Before even Married...with Children started airing on Comedy Central they had announced that starting April 5, it would move from the 5pm hour to the 9am hour. So that was nothing to do with ratings. However, since then they have announced a schedule change to that. Now only one of the half-hours will be moving to mornings! The series will continue to air in the 5pm half-hour now, but the 5:30pm airing will be moving to 9am. That is better than both airings moving to the 9am hour, though. Airing at 5:30pm will be Tosh.0 and at 9:30am will be RENO 911. In other sitcom news, Scrubs will continue to air in the 6pm hour on weekdays. During weekends, both Married and Scrubs will air from time to time in early afternoons at around 12pm on most weekends. Married will at times air in the mornings (sometime between 8am-10am) if it doesn't early afternoons. So check your listings each weekend for exact times! And continue to keep it right here for any further updates!

Comedy Central has cast Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz in the untitled sitcom starring Jon Heder from Gary Sanchez Productions and Debmar-Mercury. In this sitcom, produced by Gary Sanchez Productions with the production company led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, the untitled, multi-camera sitcom for Comedy Central stars Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) as a young man who won't let anything get in the way of his big dreams, even if it means losing his job and having to move back in with his parents and sleep on their couch. Heder enlists the help of his friends, an ex-convict, played by Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), and a burned-out high-school teacher, played by Chris Parnell (SNL, 30 Rock), in planning a myriad of well-intentioned schemes to save their hometown, Big Lake. Invariably these plans don't come to fruition and the gang is forced to go back to the drawing board.
Modeled after previous successful groundbreaking Tyler Perry sitcom ventures (for TBS) from Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, Comedy Central has initially ordered 10 episodes of the Heder sitcom and will then have the option to order an additional 90 episodes upon a successful first season run. Debmar-Mercury would retain the rights to take the series into syndication after its run on Comedy Central. The series is set to commence production on March 31 in New York City with a premiere scheduled for 3Q 2010 (between July-Sept).

Two weeks or so ago we announced the NBC summer 2010 plans, now NBC has announced one of the slots that was empty. NBC announced the premiere date of an additional alternative series joining its previously announced summer 2010 schedule as Losing It with Jillian will debut on Tuesday, June 1 at a special time of 10:00 p.m. ET, starring Jillian Michaels from NBC's The Biggest Loser.
The premiere will follow the debut of America's Got Talent and then move into its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET (before Talent), on June 8 for seven additional weeks. In the hour-long series, Michaels -- in her distinctive, tough love style -- will tackle the obesity epidemic of American families head on as she travels across the country to transform one family at a time. Michaels will be moving in with a different family each week to help change their diet and exercise habits. She will focus on getting to the bottom of the issues each family member faces -- ones that affect their health and happiness -- and will arm them with the tools necessary to make life-altering changes. The families are in for a huge wake up call as Michaels -- tired of hearing all the excuses -- will show America that anyone can make a change.
With the Tuesday at 8PM now set, NBC has only Thursdays at 10PM to announce. They only have one other series that could fit there and that is the unscripted Breakthrough with Tony Robbins. So stay with us for an update.
View the updated NBC summer 2010 schedule.

Finally, Happy St. Patrick's Day! St. Patrick's Day -- a day for Guinness, parades, and little men in green suits. In honor of this annual bash, our friends at TV Tango kissed the Blarney Stone and found the 10 best St. Patrick's Day episodes in TV history. Some of the most memorable St. Patrick's Day episodes include the classic All in the Family episode "Too Good Edith," which was the very last episode of that series before turning into Archie Bunker's Place. In the episode, Archie was throwing his annual St. Patrick's Day bash at the bar, and Edith spent the day in the kitchen making food even though she was ill. So what else made it? You'll have to see yourself! I'm sure the classic Bewitched episode made it, though. But just make sure and see what else made the cut at TV Tango!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Martha Stewart Programming Takes Over Hallmark on March 29; Betty White Now a Regular on Hot in Cleveland

A few months back we mentioned that Martha Stewart programming would be coming to the Hallmark Channel, but it is now coming earlier than thought! The Martha Stewart Show will still be moving from first-run syndication to The Hallmark Channel in September on weekdays at 10am, but the other programming from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. will join the Hallmark Channel lineup on Monday, March 29, 2010!
Airing from 11am-12:30pm on weekdays will be three episodes of From Martha's Kitchen. From 12:30pm-1:3om will be back-to-back From Martha's Garden. Then finally we have two episodes of From Martha's Home from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Then all of this will encore again from 2:30pm-6pm, so Martha Stewart programming will air from 11am-6pm on weekdays.
So, this means The Golden Girls weekday mornings is now 9am-11am instead of 9am-12pm, while 7th Heaven and Little House on the Prairie are replaced in the afternoons from 12pm-6pm. 7th Heaven will remain airing from 6-9pm. Everything else on weekdays is the same with a movie at 9pm, The Golden Girls from 11pm-1am, and Cheers from 1am-4am. This means Little House is totally off the line-up and Touched by an Angel is still not back yet.
And wait, we still have more Martha Stewart programming! On Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am-9am, Little House and Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures will be replaced by encores of Martha Stewart programming. An hour of each of Martha's Kitchen, Garden, and Home will air from 6am-9am on weekend mornings. The rest of the day on weekends is the same with movies all day and Cheers in the 3am hour. Jack Hanna is now gone totally, too.
Wow, what a big makeover to weekdays and this was NOT originally on the April schedule, so it was a last minute decision. Get ready for even more Martha Stewart on Hallmark in the fall when The Martha Stewart Show joins weekdays at 10am in September. Stay with us for updates.
Read the full press release.

Betty White is now a regular on TV Land's upcoming original sitcom Hot in Cleveland. Previously Betty was just slated to be recurring and she was only signed on for the pilot. But not anymore! Betty power has struck again and she will be on as a regular! Betty plays Elka Ostrovsky, the snarky but spy caretaker of the Cleveland home shared by three former L.A. residents played by Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. The series launches this June on TV Land and has a ten-episode order. So at least ten more episodes in the belt for the legendary Betty White!
The 88-year-old will be seen before June, too, of course. As mentioned, she will co-host Saturday Night Live on May 8. And she will also guest star on the season finale of ABC's The Middle in May, which airs Wednesdays at 8:30pm. On that show, Betty will play a school librarian who confronts Brick (Atticus Shaffer) over his failure to return numerous overdue books. The Middle stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn.
Become a fan of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland on Facebook. And read the full press release on this news!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

The CW Announces Season Finale Dates for 2009-2010; TV Land Announces Honorees for 8th TV Land Awards

The CW has announced all of their season finale dates for this season. The first finale will be April 12 and the last one on May 18. Midseason drama Life UneXpected will end its season on Monday, April 12 at 8pm. One Tree Hill will return the following week and run through Monday, May 17 when it has its season finale. Gossip Girl's season finale follows at 9pm on May 17. Melrose Place will have its season (or series?) finale on Tuesday, April 13 at 9pm and after that, reruns of Life UneXpected will take over. Wednesday reality series finales are next as High Society has its finale on Wednesday, April 28 at 9:30pm. The following week (May 5) at 9pm there will be a one-hour finale for reality series Fly Girls. On May 12, America's Next Top Model will have a two-hour season finale. A one-hour clip show will air the following week (May 19) at 8pm. Thursday dramas Vampire Diaries and Supernaturual will end their seasons on Thursday, May 13, while Smallville will have its season finale the following night on May 14 at 8pm. We mentioned earlier about the Monday finales on May 17, but the final finale will be on Tuesday, May 18 with 90210.
View the full finale dates for The CW this April and May.

TV Land announced today that legendary comedians Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner; the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond including Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Madylin Sweeten, Sawyer Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten; Charlie's Angels stars Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith and Glee cast members Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Jessalyn Gilsig and Kevin McHale are among the honorees at this year's 8th Annual TV Land Awards with more talent to be announced soon.
The entire cast of Everybody Loves Raymond will reunite for the first time since the death of fellow cast member Peter Boyle to receive the Impact Award at this year's show. Everybody Loves Raymond ran on CBS for nine successful seasons and joins the TV Land line-up this week (on Thursday, March 18). This year's Future Classic Award will be bestowed upon Fox's runaway hit, Glee. Previous future classic recipients include Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Arrested Development. Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles) and Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Ocean's Eleven) -- the Renaissance Men of Comedy who started out on Your Show of Shows -- will each receive the Legend Award. This marks the first time that this award will be given to two recipients. Stars of the 1970's TV phenomenon Charlie's Angels will be on hand to receive the Pop Culture Award and to pay tribute to their cast member Farrah Fawcett, who passed away of cancer in June 2009.
Now in its eighth year, the TV Land Awards pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The ninety-minute telecast will feature exhilarating musical performances and will reunite some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts. The show premieres on Sunday, April 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Stay with us for more honorees and the announcement of the host!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Week 25 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 25 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):
(We don't have the final network averages through Thursday AGAIN (sorry), but we do have final program averages through Thursday in the analysis below)

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

Week 25 (March 8-14) Analysis: For week 25, thus far through the first four nights it is a battle between CBS and Fox. So far through the first four days of the week I can project, CBS is first in HH/viewers, but Fox is first with a bigger lead in 18-49. In second for HH/viewers it is Fox and CBS is second in 18-49. ABC is in third and NBC is of course in fourth. Last week, week 24, ABC took home first place in HH/viewers thanks to the 41.7 million from the Oscars, but it did come a bit short to Fox in 18-49 who were powered by 3 nights/5 hours of Idol. Fox was second in HH/viewers while CBS was third across the board and NBC was in a distant fourth.
On Monday it was CBS with the win with big showings from the comedies. Before I get to that, ABC started it off with The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding special from 8-10pm doing a solid 9.3 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, with growth every half-hour. While it wasn't as good as a wedding from 2002, it was still solid and this was just a two-hour special while that wedding from 2002 was a three-part series. At 10pm, ABC aired an all-new Castle to solid numbers doing 9.11 million, but the buzz is all about the upcoming two-part episode event that looks like event television! CBS was all-new with its comedies and CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with a solid 10.06 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for an all-new episode, on par really from previous week, while a new Rules of Engagement did even better at 10.07 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating, both up from previous week and actually gained a bit from the lead-in in total viewers. Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing as well doing 17.61 million and a 5.8 18-49 rating for season highs and The Big Bang Theory followed with a new episode of its own doing 16.32 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating, as the viewers went up from previous week. Look for repeats tomorrow of the comedies. A new CSI: Miami at 10pm did a below normal 11.93 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, off some from previous week. Fox started off with a an all-new House doing a solid 12.82 million and a 4.8 18-49 rating. A new episode of 24 was next doing 8.86 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, both up a bit from previous week when there was no new House. NBC was in fourth with a new Chuck doing 6.37 million, off some from previous week while the return of Trauma brought in series lows of 4.76 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, ouch. At 10pm a new Law & Order did only 5.21 million and just a 1.5 18-49 rating, down well over 2 million from previous week's two-hour episode. The CW moved Life UneXpected to 8pm and it did 1.94 million, up from previous week's new episode from 9pm, followed by the return of Gossip Girl at 1.74 million, down a bit from what Life UneXpected did the previous week in this slot, not good for Gossip.
On Tuesday, Fox and CBS battled. Fox started with an all-new American Idol with 22.75 million for a season low on a Tuesday, as it was down some from previous week when it was a two-hour show. Its 18-49 rating went from 8.6 to 8.2 this week for the hour show. A repeat of Glee aired at 9pm and it did decent for a repeat doing 7.55 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. CBS started with a new NCIS doing 19.58 million, which was off a tad from previous week. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a new episode of its own doing 16.99 million, up over two million from previous week as there was no Idol at 9pm this week. And finally CBS aired a new The Good Wife doing a solid 13.95 million, up some from previous week. ABC started off with a LOST enhanced encore doing 4.16 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, both off a bit from previous week. Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 9.49 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, both up a tad from the previous week. ABC aired the season finale of the forgotten at 10pm and did only 4.85 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating...I doubt we see this show back unless it goes to Fridays next season. NBC started with a two-hour The Biggest Loser and did 7.91 million and a 3.0 18-49 rating, but both were off from previous week, which is odd because the previous week there was a two-hour Idol. The second episode of Parenthood was next and dropped 2 million from previous week doing 6.09 and 2.6 18-49 rating. That is disappointing news. Could the return of V on ABC in a few weeks cause Parenthood to drop to third place by then?. The CW aired FINALLY aired new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place but they were brushed off by everyone, as they did only 1.7 and 1.16 million. Ouch!
On Wednesday Fox prevailed, but it wasn't two-hours. Fox started with the return of Human Target and did 7.83 million, good for first place in its hour, but could be better. There was no two-hour American Idol this Wednesday, so an hour version at 9pm did 20.70 million, down three million or so from previous week's two-hour show. 18-49 rating was down a a full point, too from a 8.5 to 7.5. CBS started at 8pm with new episodes of its comedies Old Christine and Gary Unmarried doing 7.67 million and 6.68 million, both up from previous week, the 18-49 rating was OK as they did a 2.2 each. Next CBS aired a new Criminal Minds at 13.29 million and a new CSI: NY at 10pm did 11.07 million, as the latter took a big hit from previous week...why? Keep reading. ABC comedies were next with a new Scrubs instead of the normal Modern Family repeat at 8pm doing 4.28 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, both off from normal in this half-hour, a new episode of The Middle was next doing building up to 6.3 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, both up some from previous week, too. Modern Family was all-new in its normal 9pm slot and did 9.02 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, also up from previous week. Next Cougar Town was all-new and did 6.1 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, and yes also up from previous week. Ugly Betty was next and only mustered 4.01 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Hopefully it starts picking up a bit before the series finale on April 14. NBC started with Mercy and only managed 6.31 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating, as 18-49 was down a tick but viewers were up some from previous. A repeat of Law & Order: SVU was next and did 5.4 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating -- but that was leading into an all-new episode at 10pm that did a solid 8.53 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, tying CSI: NY, so that is why that dropped. It looks like these two will battle for the rest of the season. The CW aired aired the season premiere of America's Next Top Model doing a solid 3.65 million for a 90-minute premiere but then the premiere of the half-hour reality series High Society could only do 1.26 million, not good.
Moving on to Thursday it was a battle with CBS and Fox because of a third night of Idol. CBS started with a new Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains doing 12.12 million and 3.6 18-49 rating, both off from previous week. CBS aired a new CSI doing 15.25 million and a 3.3 18-49 rating, both off from previous week and at 10pm a new The Mentalist aired doing an excellent 16.02 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating, up from previous week. ABC started with a repeat of Grey's Anatomy at 8pm and did 4.28 million, off from previous week's repeat. A new episode of Grey's Anatomy was next and did 10.94 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating, down from previous week and should be better. A new Private Practice was also a bit below normal doing 7.66 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, BUT both were up from previous week still. Fox preempted Bones but they were gladly to do so as the results show for American Idol aired instead again! It did 19.34 million, down just a tad from previous week and a 6.3 18-49 rating was down two tenths from previous week for a season low. A new Kitchen Nightmares on a special night did 7.19 million, also down some from previous week. NBC aired new episodes of their comedies as Community did 4.6 million and Parks & Recreation did 4.55 million, both down from previous week. Next The Office was back to a half-hour and back to normal as it did 7.43 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating compared to previous week's one-hour episode doing 9.02 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating. So that meant, 30 Rock returned and back to its same numbers doing 5.77 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating. At 10pm NBC aired the crazy The Marriage Ref and did 6.01 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week. This and Parenthood were down more than 25% each, not good. The CW aired a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing 1.28 million and Supernatural was a repeat and did 1.3 million, both down some from previous week.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with their dramas as NUMB3RS had its season (or series?) finale.
Saturday numbers saw Fox win as usual, as Fox did normal numbers with its crime reality series once again. They are the only ones new so what do you expect?
Tonight ABC's regular line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters returns with new episodes. CBS has a new The Amazing Race and the fake Undercover Boss at 9pm. NBC has two-hour premieres of new game show A Minute to Win It followed by season premiere of Celebrity Apprentice and I think they will bomb big. Fox has new episodes of their animated comedies and new episodes of 'Til Death, but they also have the series premiere of new sitcom Sons of Tucson, but I don't think you want to watch that (see our review yesterday). Will Fox or CBS win the week? It will be close, but CBS will win in HH/viewers and Fox in 18-49. The loser of each will be second place. ABC will be in third and NBC will likely have to settle for a familiar 4th again. As for this coming week, ABC returns FLASHFORWARD with a two-hour return on Thursday, but before that happens catch yourself up with a clip show on Tuesday after LOST. Watch the show, it is good!

Week 25 How the Sitcoms Did

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 24-- March 1-7)

  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Two all-new episodes were barely on the map in the 7pm hour doing only 2.33 and 2.77 million...not good and both were lower than the previous week.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat did 4.61 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating...lower than previous week's repeat. There was also a special repeat at 8:30pm that did better, doing 5.02 million and 2.2 18-49 rating.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - preempted.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - A repeat did 5.6 million, off a bit from previous week's repeat again. The 18-49 rating dropped from a 2.8 to 2.6, as well. A special repeat at 9:30pm however built on this and did a 2.8 18-49 rating and 5.57 million.
  • American Dad (Fox) - preempted.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did a good 10.06 million and a great 3.9 18-49 rating again. Viewers was a bit off from previous week, but 18-49 was right on par.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 10.07 million and a 3.6 18-49 rating for a new episode and both were up from previous week's season premiere. That's how it is done Accidentally on Purpose! Built a bit from the lead-in in viewers, too.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 17.61 million and a 5.8 18-49 rating for a new episode for season highs across the board.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 16.32 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating for a new episode. This episode was up from previous week in viewers and right on par in 18-49.

Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.67 million for a new episode is two million more than previous week. No Idol and no Modern Family repeat to compete with was the reason.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 6.67 million for a new episode was a million more than previous week. Even so, it still lost to the competing ABC comedy in 18-49.
  • [scrubs] [Med School] (ABC) - The first of the final two episodes of the season only did 4.28 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating...lower than the usual Modern repeat in this slot. At least the series did better than its usual Tuesday airings this season.
  • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode following did a solid 6.3 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, both up from previous week and jumping big from its lead-in. Could have even done better with the normal Modern repeat as its lead-in.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - The regular 9pm airing was new and did 9.02 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating, both very good and up from previous week.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode did a better 6.13 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, up from previous week. Idol is affecting this show but it is still doing decent.

Thursday Sitcoms

  • Community (NBC) - Only 4.6 million for a new episode and a series low of 1.9 18-49 rating. Not good!
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.55 million for a new episode is not good, but the 2.1 18-49 rating is better but still off from previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) - Back to normal, as the previous week's one-hour show did 9.02 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating, but this week it was back to a half-hour and normal business doing 7.43 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Series returned from the Olympic break and did 5.77 million and a 2.9 18-49 rating.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of 'Til Death at 7 on Fox followed by new episodes of the Fox animated comedies starting at 8 and the series premiere of sitcom Sons of Tucson, which is terrible (see our review yesterday).

Summing it up. New episodes of Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, Modern Family, The Office were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as 30 Rock, Cougar Town) or just plain old terrible (such as [scrubs], Community).

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fox Mid-Season Pilot Review: Sons of Tucson - Premieres March 14

We will preempt our weekly blog DVD review for a special pilot review for Fox's upcoming sitcom Sons of Tucson, which launches tomorrow night. See if it is worth watching or not by reading our review by skees53:

Sons of Tucson

Sons of Tucson - Sundays 9:30PM ET/PT on Fox
Premieres Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 9:30PM ET/PT

What do you get when three out-of-control kids have a father who suddenly ends up in prison and the kids want to do everything possible to avoid living with a crazy cat lady under foster care? You get Sons of Tucson, Fox's latest sitcom about an unsuspecting sporting goods store employee who is down on his luck in life, getting the opportunity to suddenly become a father.

Ron Snuffkin (Tyler Labine) is just out of a relationship gone wrong and trying to make it in Tucson, living in his Ford Taurus station wagon and working at a sporting goods store. Life isn’t going all that great, but it is all about to change.

Enter the Gunderson kids: Gary (Frank Dolce), Brandon (Matthew Levy), and Robby (Benjamin Stockham). They come from a well-off family, but the only problem is that their mother left home some time ago and their father is off to prison for 25 years--or until he can escape. Seeing Ron as the perfect patsy, they recruit him to play the role of father for a while, and that role keeps taking on more and more responsibilities in this series.

Cast Details:

* Tyler Labine as Ron Snuffkin
* Frank Dolce as Gary Gunderson
* Matthew Levy as Brandon Gunderson
* Benjamin Stockham as Robby Gunderson

Tyler Labine (Ron) is a Canadian-born actor best known from his role as Bert 'Sock' Wysocki in the series Reaper. He also has television credits from smaller roles in the series Invasion and Boston Legal, as well as several other series.

The remainder of the cast is even less familiar to viewers than Labine. Frank Dolce (Gary) appeared in the original Broadway production of Billy Elliot as Michael. Matthew Levy (Brandon) also has extensive experience on the stage in productions such as MacBeth, The Full Monty, A Christmas Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Benjamin Stockham (Robby) appeared in the film Quarantine and also had a single appearance on the series Criminal Minds.

Plot:

For the review, we saw the first and second episode of the series. The series is scheduled to air 13 episodes and will run into the summer (ratings pending).

In the pilot episode (airing March 14 at 9:30pm), the Gunderson kids, having just been orphaned by their father who was sent to prison, find the perfect person to play the role of their father until he is released (or escapes): Ron Snuffkin, an employee at the sporting goods store. Ron accepts this role without any hesitation at all and now has to take on all of the roles of father, beginning with enrolling the kids in school, introduce his new family to his old family, and trying to keep a tight lid on these out-of control kids. Meanwhile, the kids have to help him try to avoid a thug who just wants his money.

In the second episode, "The Break In," (airing March 21 at 9:30pm) there is a series of burglaries in the neighborhood and Ron sees this as a perfect opportunity to exploit the kids. Since they are making him live in the shed, he decides to stage a burglary in the home where he can come in to "save" the kids... and hopefully convince them to allow him to move in to the house.

Analysis:

The series is a single-camera sitcom with no laugh track at all, which is a common characteristic of most sitcoms these days. It might be a good thing that there is no laugh track, as there really isn't anything funny about the series.

The entire premise of this series makes no sense, at all. The only part that makes any sense at all is three boys having a father go to prison, but beyond that, nothing about the series is even remotely realistic or even of any artistic value to embellish. The series fails to explain why the kids are not in foster care (where they would be in the real world), why they randomly picked this one guy to be his dad, why he would even agree to it after a brief 30-second discussion.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the series isn't even funny. In watching both of the first two episodes, I didn't laugh even one time, and at best only found a few small moments even mildly amusing. Even in the worst sitcoms that I've ever seen, I have found a few moments where I couldn't help but to laugh, but that wasn't the case in this series.

One slightly redeeming factor, though, is the actors who play the kids on the series. Despite their lack of television experience, I thought that they did well in their roles, but at the same time, their acting style is not quite the style that works on a sitcom. They would be perfect for a family drama, but are out of place on a sitcom, especially a sitcom of this style.

Conclusion:

So, let's take bets on how long this show will last. Fox has committed to 13 episodes. I couldn't imagine all 13 of them actually airing. This is an awful show that has been placed in a timeslot that it just can't win. It doesn't fit in at all on the Sunday night lineup and is going to have a detrimental effect on the ratings of the other Sunday night programs. So not only do we have an awful show, but we also have an awful show that is going to weaken the rest of the lineup (which could be much stronger if they'd keep it more stable), even if it is at the end of the night in the lineup. I can see the series lasting for maybe a month, although you never quite know what Fox will do.

Fox has to come up with something good in the live-action/half-hour sitcom segment, but this series is not it, at all. A plot full of holes and missing explanations and not a funny moment to be found is a recipe for disaster. The sun will set on Tucson before you know it.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 2/5
Funniness: 1/5
Overall: 1.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/13/10

Discuss the show after you watch it on Sunday, March 14 on our message board.

Related Links:

  • Fox.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Sons of Tucson Photo Gallery

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    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Centric Adds A-Team, Proud Family Weekend Stunts; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 15, 2010)

    Centric (formerly known as BET Jazz) has added two weekend stunts for the next two weekends. First, they will add another A-Team weekend stunt. It looks like the action series is doing well on the network. The A-Team airs regularly weekdays at 7am and 9pm ET, as we announced a few weeks back. The weekend stunt will air this Saturday (March 13, 2010) from 12pm-6pm and if you miss it, it will air again on Sunday (March 14) from 9am-3pm.
    The following weekend (March 20-21), Centric will air a block of the animated comedy The Proud Family! That series has aired on and off on sister network BET since January 2009. The series is actually a Disney Channel original and aired on Disney from 2001-2005. Anyway, Centric doesn't air the series as a regular, so this is indeed a special marathon. The stunt will air Saturday, March 20 from 12pm-6pm and again Sunday, March 21 from 9am-3pm. Stay with us if they ever add any regular airings for this show, but for now enjoy this special stunt!

    It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
    For the week of March 15-19, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

    Monday, March 15, 2010
    • Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes) - Todd stops by the Today show on NBC during the 9am hour promoting his new book, Killing Willis. And then later on he heads to CNN to go on Larry King Live at 9pm ET.
    • Toni Collette (United States of Tara) - Ms. Collette stops by NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35am ET.
    • Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie) - Dominic gives some party recipes on The Martha Stewart Show. Check local listings for time and channel.
    • Portia de Rossi (Better off Ted) - Portia and her wife Ellen DeGeneres are both on Oprah, check local listing for time and channel. This is a repeat from November.
    • Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) - Jason stops by The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 2pm ET in this repeat.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    • Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) - He will be on the Today show during the 10am hour on NBC during a Hollywood Heartthrobs week segment.
    • Betty White (Mary Tyler Moore Show/Golden Girls) - Betty will be on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm ET probably discussing her upcoming appearance on SNL in May.
    • Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes) - Todd will be on two shows. First, The Wendy Williams Show to discuss his book. Check local listings and it will also air nationally on BET at 12am ET. And then also The Joy Behar Show on HLN at 9pm ET.
    • Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) - She stops by ABC's Good Morning America to talk about her new book sometime between 7-9am ET on ABC.
    • Peter Mark Richman (Three's Company) - He played Chrissy's father on Three's Company and appeared on many other classic series (but mostly dramas), he stops by The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV (Retirement Living TV) at 10pm ET.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    • Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) - The previous day his co-star Kirk Cameron was on, now this TV dad will stop by the Today show during the 10am hour part of Hollywood Heartthrobs week.
    • Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town) - This is a repeat from last week, but watch Josh again on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at 12:05am ET.
    • Ty Burrell (Modern Family) - The hilarious Ty Burrell will drop by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to bring laughs, check local listings for time and channel.
    • Betty White (Mary Tyler Moore Show/Golden Girls) - Betty stops by to chat on Larry King Live at 9pm ET on CNN.
    • Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island) - Tina stops by Encore with John Palmer on RLTV at 12pm ET.

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    • Toni Collette (United States of Tara) - Ms. Collette stops by LIVE! with Regis & Kelly this morning. Check local listings for time and channel.
    • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter drops by and we discover a new dish on The Martha Stewart Show but you'll have to check your local listings for time and channel..
    • Tim Conway (McHale's Navy/Carol Burnett Show) - The legendary Tim Conway stops by the 10pm edition (encores at 1am ET) of The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV! But this is a repeat.

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) - Edie will be on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly so check your local listings for time an channel.
    • Toni Collette (United States of Tara) - Ms. Collette cooks up a healthy meal on The Martha Stewart Show. Check local listings for time and channel.
    • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker/Bored to Death) - He will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on NBC at 12:35am ET but probably talking about Damages.
    • Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - Lisa stops by The Bonnie Hunt Show to talk about her NBC reality series she is producing. Check local listings.
    • Norman Lear (legendary producer) - The legendary Norman Lear appears on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 2pm ET on this repeat.
    • Carl Reiner (Dick Van Dyke Show) - Another legend goes on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV, this time the 10pm ET edition.
    • Susan Sullivan (Dharma & Greg) - Susan also appears on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 10pm ET to discuss her impressive TV resume.
    And if you want some talk show repeats this weekend, the Retirement Living TV Network has The Florence Henderson Show repeats on Saturday at 2pm and 3pm ET featuring Peter Mark Richman and Jason Alexander once again.

    Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this new feature! We do listen!

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    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    TV Land Changes April 2010 A Bit, Improvement, Legal Moved; Betty White to Co-Host SNL on May 8!

    TV Land has made some changes for the rest of this month and then more in April. First, in March, First Love, Second Chance encores will now be airing at 11pm Mon-Thurs starting Monday, March 22 for the rest of the month. So this means Boston Legal will take a few weeks off. Its last airing in March is Tuesday, March 16 at 11pm. But will it return in April? Yes, but not at 11pm.
    There will be a few other changes as well, so this is an update to our earlier story on TV Land April 2010. Effective Friday, April 2, the 9am hour will now be Gunsmoke on Friday mornings instead of Leave it to Beaver, but not to worry The Beav and family will still be on Mondays from 9am-1pm. Bewitched will officially replace Boston Legal on Sunday afternoons from 12pm-4pm. Bonanza was airing in that block as a last minute replacement since a few weeks ago as Legal hasn't performed in the ratings.
    Then the major changes will happen on Monday, April 5, and they will all be in primetime and late night on weeknights. The 8pm hour (Mon, Tues, and Thurs) will now be The Cosby Show, replacing Home Improvement (Raymond will remain in the hour on Wed/Fri). Not good news for Tim Allen and the gang, as Improvement will be moving to the Mon-Thurs 1am hour, replacing an hour of Roseanne, but Roseanne will gain the 11pm hour, so its two-hour block will remain (but just an hour earlier from 11pm-1am instead of 12-2am). This means Boston Legal will not return to the 11pm hour, in fact Denny Crane and company will be moving to weekday mornings at 5am, ouch. Due to that change, Cosby Show, Three's Company, and M*A*S*H during the late nights will be reduced (and moved) a bit and air from 2am-5am instead of 2-6am (and Cosby Show/Three's Company won't get 3 episodes now).
    View the UPDATED TV Land April 2010 schedule, and I urge you to view the full schedule and also the one-time-only adjustments so you're not confused...because it gets confusing with TV Land.

    It looks like the campaign worked, because SNL has announced that Betty White will indeed co-host the SNL episode airing Saturday, May 8, 2010 on NBC late night. USA Today reports that the 88-year-old actress, beloved by generations of TV fans, will host the Mother's Day episode that also will feature a reunion of six former female cast members, most of them moms: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels says he has "always wanted" White to host. "Years ago, I turned it down three times," White says. "It's so New York, and I'm not New York at all. "But my agent said he'd divorce me if I didn't do it, and I love my agent."
    So why are fans campaigning now for her to host SNL though? It's not because of her legendary sitcoms Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, her memorable game show appearances, or the recent movie The Proposal, it's because of a Super Bowl commercial! It was her appearance in a Super Bowl Snickers commercial in which she's tackled in the mud by a football player (Abe Vigoda also appears). The commercial topped USA Today's Ad Meter poll and lit a fuse on a Facebook campaign, where a "Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!" group -- started in late December -- has attracted nearly half a million members (and still growing!).
    Betty will be the oldest host ever on the show. She's flattered and flabbergasted by the attention: "It's lovely, and at my age it's certainly unexpected." And she's not worried about the workload: "I've got so much energy, it's ridiculous. I love working. My schedule is a feverish one, and I'm used to that."
    White has no children of her own, though she counts her golden retriever, Pontiac, as one. But, Michaels says, "she's the mother of us all in comedy, so it will be a celebration of Betty White."

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    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    ABC Schedule Changes Includes Special Premiere for Jamie Oliver; Fox Summer 2010 Schedule, Cancels 24?

    The other day ABC announced that Castle's upcoming must see two-part episode would air Monday, March 22 and March 29 at 10pm ET/PT instead of consecutive nights (Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22) due to great hype of the new season of Monday staple Dancing with the Stars (which will lead into Castle), but now more changes have been announced. First up, this Saturday (March 13) at 10pm ET/PT you can watch the 5th Annual Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Academy Awards special one more time and if you have not watched it yet, you seriously need to. It is very funny and Jimmy delivers once again with his annual video! Kimmel's encore will follow two scheduled encores of Desperate Housewives from 8-10pm on that night (catch-up if you missed the last two episodes, because it is all-new the following night (this Sunday), as is Brothers and Sisters).
    And the big news is since Castle won't be airing after an all-new Desperate Housewives on Sunday, March 21 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC has opted to air a special preview of food reality series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (because Brothers and Sisters' next scheduled episode would be the two-hour episode airing April 11 from 9-11pm, so it can't air on March 28)! The food reality series will then move to its regular night and time of Friday, March 26 at 9pm ET/PT. And the premiere episode will be its lead-in that night at 8pm, so the season premiere of Wife Swap will now air a week later on Friday, April 2 at 8pm ET/PT.
    Two other quick notes, the upcoming two-part Castle episode with Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives) guest starring will still get a Sunday airing, but it will be a repeat of part one of the two-part episode. The repeat will air Sunday, March 28 at 10pm ET/PT, following a scheduled repeat of Desperate Housewives. The Castle repeat replaces a scheduled repeat of Brothers and Sisters. The repeat of Castle will help the second part, which premieres the following night (March 29) following Dancing with the Stars. And the other schedule update is the annual airing of the half-hour special It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and it will air Wednesday, March 31 at 8pm ET/PT leading into an all-new ABC Comedy Wednesday!
    Check out the updates in a list form and you may discuss here, too.

    Fox has announced its summer 2010 schedule and it is pretty much all-new. Fox's summer is scorching hot with the series preview and premiere of The Good Guys (previously it was named Code 58), the kick-off of So You Think You Can Dance's seventh season, the return of Lie to Me with new episodes, the seventh course of culinary competition Hell's Kitchen, all-new installments of mysterious drama Past Life, plus all-new episodes of Glee, Cops, America's Most Wanted, Sons of Tucson and Animation Domination.
    The Good Guys, the new action-comedy from Matt Nix, will have a special preview Wednesday, May 19 at 8:00 PM ET/PT before American Idol and will then make its series premiere Monday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The series is an action-packed and comedic look at what happens when a washed-up, old-school cop (Bradley Whitford) and a by-the-book, modern-day detective (Colin Hanks) try to expose the big picture of small crime. Airing at 8:00 PM ET/PT, is the return of Lie to Me, as it continues its search for the truth when all-new episodes return to the schedule Mondays starting June 7. For some reason Lie to Me, will be in repeats in the actual season from April 28-May 12 (those are Wednesdays at 8:00 PM). On Memorial Day (Monday, May 31), Lie to Me will be a repeat and the pilot encore of The Good Guys is at 9pm, before they return with all-new episodes on June 7.
    As previously announced So You Think You Can Dance, swings into summer with a two-hour premiere Thursday, May 27 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Once the dance auditions conclude, weekly performance shows will air Tuesdays from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, and weekly results shows will air Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET.
    Glee finishes its run of all-new episodes on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT with its first season finale airing June 8. In addition, viewers can catch encore airings of all their favorite Glee episodes Wednesdays at 8:00 PM ET/PT beginning June 16.
    Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay cranks up the ovens in Hell's Kitchen when the series returns for its seventh season with a tantalizing two-hour premiere Thursday, June 10 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. The cutthroat culinary competition will continue with two-hour episodes throughout the season.
    Mysterious drama Past Life continues with a handful of its last original episodes beginning with a two-hour return on Friday, May 28 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT and its time period premiere Friday, June 4 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, before Bones repeats takes over starting June 18. House repeats will air at 9:00 PM ET/PT starting June 11.
    On Saturdays a mixture of all-new and encore episodes of Cops and all-new episodes America's Most Wanted will air all summer, while Sunday nights feature a mix of encores and originals of 'Til Death, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad! and new comedy Sons of Tucson, which launches this Sunday (March 14 at 9:30) and will run through June.
    View the Fox Summer 2010 schedule.

    Variety is reporting that Fox will end 24 after this season, its eighth season. The studio and network execs declined comment -- but it's believed that the final decision will be made in the next day or two. The move is not a huge surprise as it has declined in ratings and quality, but still represents the end of an era for Fox.
    But the cost of producing 24 has continued to increase, while ratings have dipped. A one-time critical darling, 24 has also received its share of knocks from critics this season. The studio is said to be considering shopping 24 to other networks -- but given the thriller's age and price-tag, it's believed interest from other outlets will be limited. Stay tuned for the official update, but it seems this show will end and will have time to do a true finale if Fox acts fast on a decision.

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    Tuesday, March 09, 2010

    ION Television April 2010 Schedule; TV Land Announces A Bit More on 8th TV Land Awards

    Coming up on ION Television in April 2010 is the premiere of new original series The Emeril Lagasse Show. Originally it was slated to launch on Sunday, March 28, but ION delayed it and now it will launch on Sunday, April 18 at 8pm ET.
    Emeril Lagasse is ready to show viewers that there's more to him than -- BAM! ION Television announced that Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz has been named the bandleader for its first original non-scripted series, The Emeril Lagasse Show. Viewers will feel like part of the celebration as they are welcomed to join Emeril's home-like set each week. Emeril, with the help of his band, led by Dave Koz, will welcome celebrity guests and musicians to break news and break bread as he shares his world, his friends and his passion for food with the studio and home audience.
    The new weekly, entertainment television show featuring celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will premiere on Sunday, April 18, at 8:00 PM, ET. The one-hour variety show combines Emeril's love of food, entertaining, music and fun as he gives new meaning to the term, "let the good times roll." Beginning on Sunday, April 25, previous week's episode will encore at 7:00 PM leading into the all-new episode!
    In other ION Television April 2010 news, weekends will get more changes. ION Television will now program the weekend 11pm hour beginning April 3! On Saturdays in the 11pm hour they will air two episodes of My Name is Earl, as a result its 4-5pm Saturday airings will be replaced by a Movie. And because of that change, M*A*S*H won't regularly air in the 3-4pm hour on Saturdays. Not a big deal since M*A*S*H airs weekdays in the 4pm hour anyway. And on Sundays at 11pm, another episode of Ghost Whisperer will air. This will be its first weekend play on the network.
    Movie wise, ION has the network premieres of Hitch (airing in a special primetime slot after the premiere of The Emeril Lagasse Show on April 18 at 9pm) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (also in a special timeslot on Saturday, May 1 at 9pm). Other movies airing in the month include Philadelphia, The Transporter, The Transporter 2, Daredevil, Elektra, Twisted, Demolition Man, and more!
    View our ION Television April 2010 schedule and highlights page.

    Today TV Land announced the date for the 8th Annual TV Land Awards, but we posted that already a few weeks back during our TV Land April 2010 schedule post. However, they did announce today that the show will be taped 8 days before it airs. They will tape the 8th Annual TV Land Awards show on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, CA on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 4pm PT. Set to tape on Sony's historic Stage 15 where iconic films like The Wizard Of Oz, Spiderman and Spiderman 2 were shot. The 8th Annual TV Land Awards is set to premiere on TV Land on Sunday, April 25th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, as wel mentioned before. Stay tuned for much more on this, including the honorees and host! Lots to come!

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    Monday, March 08, 2010

    California Dreams Reunion on Jimmy Fallon; NBC Renews Thursday Comedies for 2010-11, While Fox and ABC Do Same For Two Dramas

    We were told there was sort of a surprise California Dreams reunion on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Thursday (March 4, 2010). Fallon was unsucessful in reuniting the cast of Saved by the Bell so he went and did the second best option he could think of, which was reuniting the series that aired after it on TNBC... California Dreams. I guess the shows were similar enough. Personally I thought maybe Hang Time would have been better, but that is just my opinion. Anyway, there were seven members of the California Dreams cast who attended this (short) reunion. They were Brent Gore who played Matt, William James Jones who played Tony, Heidi Noelle Lenhart who played Jenny, Kelly Packard who played Tiffani, Jay Anthony Franke who played Jake, Jennie Kwan who played Sam, and Michael Cade who played Sly.
    If for some reason you have not seen it yet, check it out now:


    NBC has renewed three more of its Thursday-night comedies for next season: 30 Rock, The Office and the freshman series Community for the 2010-11 season. The returning programs join the previously announced Parks and Recreation that also will return for next season. This means all four of NBC's Thursday night comedies will return in 2010-11. Will all four be on the fall schedule though? Will some be held for midseason (to make way for new comedies) or moved to another night in the fall? We will find all that out in May, but the focus right now is that all four are safe to air next season.

    Meanwhile Fox has given an early renewal for sophomore drama Fringe for 2010-11, its third season. The series airs on Fox on Thursday nights but currently it is on a bit of a hiatus. It has not done too well on Thursday nights but in its most recent airings it showed some gains when the competition was lighter, so it proved it does have an audience. The second season resumes with eight all-new and uninterrupted episodes beginning Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Fox.
    And ABC has renewed Sunday night family drama Brothers and Sisters for a fifth season for the 2010-11 season. This is no surprise though. The series is also entering weekend local syndication this coming fall, once clearances are made. Brothers and Sisters airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC and it will have a special two-hour event on Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 9-11pm that will flashback to the '70s. But in the meantime, we still have a few new episodes before that, such as this coming Sunday (March 14).

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    Sunday, March 07, 2010

    Week 24 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 24 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thurs finals):
    (We don't have the final network averages through Thursday AGAIN (sorry), but we do have final program averages through Thursday in the analysis below)

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

    Week 24 (March 1-7) Analysis: For week 24, thus far through the first four nights it is Fox on top thanks to three nights (5 hours worth) of Idol. So far through the first four days of the week I can project, Fox is first across the board, with CBS second in all categories, ABC in third and with the Olympics over, NBC is of course back in fourth. Last week, week 23, NBC took home first place in every category obviously thanks to the Olympics one last time. Fox was second across the board, while CBS was third and ABC was in fourth.
    On Monday it was ABC with the win with a big finale for The Bachelor. ABC started it off with The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love finale from 8-10:05pm doing a great 15.15 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating, with a peak of 5.9 in the final half-hour. At 10:05pm, ABC aired The Bachelor: After the Final Rose and also won its timeslot with 13.91 million and a 5.3 18-49 rating. Bachelor mania is not done yet, last season's Bachelor will get a wedding tomorrow night! Also returning tomorrow is Castle and the promo looks very good! CBS was all-new with its comedies and CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother started it off with a solid 10.37 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating for an all-new episode, while the season premiere of Rules of Engagement did 9.72 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating as that seems similar to Accidentally on Purpose (that series will move to Wednesdays at 8:30 in a few weeks). Two and a Half Men followed with a new showing as well doing 16.86 million and a 5.7 18-49 rating and The Big Bang Theory followed with a new episode of its own doing 15.73 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating, the best scripted series of the week likely. A new CSI: Miami at 10pm did a below normal 12.07 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Fox started off with a repeat of House doing 6.64 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, viewers was up some from previous week. A new episode of 24 was next doing 8.63 million and a a series low 2.5 18-49 rating, in viewers it was down a bit from previous week also. NBC was back from the Olympics and back in fourth with a new Chuck doing a decent 6.7 million and the new night premiere of Law & Order as a 2-hour episode did 7.76 million but only as 2.0 18-49 rating. The CW aired a repeat of Life UneXpected doing 1.24 million, followed by an all-new episode of Life UneXpected at 1.78 million, down a bit from previous week.
    On Tuesday, Fox won pretty easily. Fox of course aired an all-new two-hour American Idol with 23.53 million, but down some from previous week. It still did a mammoth 8.6 18-49 rating, but that was down from the 9.0 from the previous week. CBS started with a new NCIS doing 19.62 million, which is great but off from its recent new episodes. Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next with a new episode of its own doing 14.84 million. And finally CBS aired a new The Good Wife doing a solid 13.32 million but the 18-49 rating could be better than a 2.7. ABC started off with a LOST enhanced encore doing 4.32 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating, on par really from previous week. Then an all-new episode of the final season of LOST was next with 9.29 million, but that was off some from the previous week when it had stiffer competition from the Olympics. Go figure. I cannot wait to see what happens next on the show itself! ABC aired a 20/20 Before They Were Stars special featuring Oscar stars instead of the forgotten at 10pm and did a so-so 5.2 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating...on par really from previous week with the forgotten. NBC returned The Biggest Loser with a two-hour airing and did a solid 8.27 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, but they were both off from normal. The premiere of Parenthood was next and did a could be better 8.1 million and a 3.1 18-49 rating (that was first in its slot though). The verdict? We have to still see how it does the next few weeks. If it ca maintain, then NBC will have something to build on actually. The CW aired repeats of 90210 and Melrose Place doing only 615,000 and 587,000 viewers...watch when they come back with new episodes, no one will care or remember.
    On Wednesday another two-hour Idol was the difference. Fox preempted Human Target once again and aired a two-hour American Idol doing 23.56 million, up some from previous week's two-hour show. 18-49 rating was down a bit though from a 8.7 to 8.5. CBS started at 8pm with new episodes of its comedies Old Christine and Gary Unmarried doing below normal 5.56 million and 5.57 million, 18-49 rating was not good as they did a 1.6 and 1.8. Next CBS aired a new Criminal Minds at 13.0 million and a new CSI: NY at 10pm did 12.35 million. ABC comedies were next with a repeat of Modern Family at 8pm doing 5.05 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, beating the CBS comedy which was new in 18-49, a new episode of The Middle was next doing a below normal 5.89 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, as Idol affected all the comedies on this night. Modern Family was all-new in its normal 9pm slot and did a below normal but solid 8.01 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Next Cougar Town was all-new and did 5.35 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating. Ugly Betty was preempted, as the Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special aired and only did 4.34 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Not good. NBC returned Mercy but only managed 5.99 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating. A two-hour Law & Order: SVU was next and did 8.14 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating -- could be better. The CW aired more repeats as Life UneXpected did 994,000 viewers, down some from previous week, and then a repeat of Gossip Girl followed and only did 494,000 viewers, also down some from previous week.
    Moving on to Thursday it was a battle with CBS and Fox because of a third night of Idol. CBS started with a new Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains doing 12.72 million and 3.8 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. CBS aired a new CSI with special guests Rascal Flatts doing an above average 15.59 million and a 3.7 18-49 rating and at 10pm a new The Mentalist aired doing 14.87 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating. ABC took a back seat a bit on this night as a repeat of Grey's Anatomy at 8pm did 5.0 million, which actually beat NBC's comedies, but the 1.2 18-49 rating was not good. A new episode of Grey's Anatomy was next and did 11.83 million and a 4.0 18-49 rating, up from its recent new episode but still below normal thanks to the special episodes on CBS and NBC. A new Private Practice was also a bit below normal doing 7.57 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating. Both shows should be closer to normal this week. Fox preempted Bones but they were gladly to do so as the results show for American Idol aired instead! It did 19.42 million, up from previous week and a 6.5 18-49 rating was same as previous week. A new Kitchen Nightmares on a special night did 7.89 million, up some from previous week. NBC returned their comedies as Community did 5.02 million and Parks & Recreation did 4.61 million, not too good but both did do a 2.3 18-49 rating which is OK. A special one-hour The Office with Pam and Jim's wedding did an above average 9.02 million and a 4.7 18-49 rating. So, 30 Rock returns this week. At 10pm NBC launched The Marriage Ref with that big lead-in and did 7.71 million and a 3.8 18-49 rating, but it dropped every 15 minutes. It will be interesting this week when it has a 30 Rock lead-in instead. The CW aired a repeat of Vampire Diaries doing 1.68 million and Supernatural was a repeat and did 1.54 million, both on par really from previous week.
    Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available as usual, but CBS won Friday with their dramas but they were below normal.
    Saturday numbers saw Fox and CBS win the night, as Fox did normal numbers with its crime reality series once again.
    Tonight it will be all Oscars with the win as ABC's regular line-up of AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters is preempted. CBS has a new The Amazing Race for some reason at 8pm but the fake Undercover Boss is a repeat at 9pm. NBC has 90-minutes of Dateline followed by the movie Bad Boys II for 90-minutes, what a combo. Fox has repeats of their animated comedies and new episodes of 'Til Death. Will ABC win the week in all categories because of the Oscars? Or will Fox prevail thanks to three nights of Idol? Could be close, but I think ABC will win as the Oscars should do 40 million+. CBS will be in third and NBC will likely have to settle for a familiar 4th. As for this coming week, how will Parenthood and Marriage Ref hold up from their OK premieres? My bet is the latter will stumble big, but the former should do OK.

    Week 24 How the Sitcoms Did

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week 23-- Feb. 22-28)

    • 'Til Death (Fox) - Two all-new episodes were barely on the map in the 7pm hour doing only 2.47 and 3.04 million...not good but that second episode was up slightly over previous week.
    • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 5.29 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating...not too bad, as the total viewers was not too off from previous week when it was new.
    • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 5.04 million for a repeat and also a 2.3 18-49 rating, holding on its lead-in's rating.
    • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 5.83 million, off a bit from previous week's repeat. The 18-49 rating dropped from a 3.2 to 2.8.
    • American Dad (Fox) - 4.74 million for a repeat and a 2.2 18-49 rating...both the lowest of the bunch.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A new episode did a good 10.37 million and a great 3.9 18-49 rating.
    • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 9.73 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating for the season premiere. Seems like similar retention with the previous show in this slot.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 16.86 million and a 5.7 18-49 rating for a new episode. Pretty big opposite a high-rated finale on ABC.
    • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 15.73 million and a 5.9 18-49 rating for a new episode. This show quietly is now the number one show in 18-49 for scripted series.

    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • None.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • Old Christine (CBS) - 5.56 million for a new episode is below normal and only a 1.6 18-49 rating. Idol hurt it.
    • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 5.57 million for a new episode and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Below normal.
    • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode following a repeat of Modern Family did 5.89 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating, both below normal. Idol clearly hurt it.
    • Modern Family (ABC) 2 airings - A repeat at 8pm did a decent 5.05 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating, both up from previous week. The regular 9pm airing was new and did a below normal 8.01 million and a 3.4 18-49 rating. Idol two-hour shows always hurt.
    • Cougar Town (ABC) - A new episode suffered some doing 5.35 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating.

    Thursday Sitcoms

    • Community (NBC) - 5.02 million for a new episode but the 2.3 18-49 rating is more telling.
    • Parks & Recreation (NBC) - 4.61 million for a new episode is not too good, but the 2.3 18-49 rating is better.
    • The Office (NBC) - 9.02 million for the special one-hour episode is good and the 4.7 18-49 rating is even better.
    • 30 Rock (NBC) - preempted.

    Friday Sitcoms

    • None.

    Saturday Sitcoms

    • None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are new episodes of 'Til Death at 7 on Fox followed by repeats of the Fox animated comedies starting at 8.

    Summing it up. All repeats. Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Rules of Engagement, Modern Family were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Community, The Middle) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death, Old Christine).

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    Saturday, March 06, 2010

    Blog Blu-ray Review: South Park - The Complete Thirteenth Season (3/16)

    It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the weekly Blog DVD review! BUT wait! We are doing our very first Blu-ray review! We have finally gotten into the Blu-ray game and we will provide some Blu-ray reviews here and there from now on (both in blog and full reviews). So welcome to a special edition of Blog Blu-ray reviews! Today we take a look at Comedy Central/Paramount's South Park - The Complete Thirteenth Season. South Park of course is the popular cable animated series that is full of laughs for all ages...but kids under 16 really shouldn't be watching. See skees53's blog Blu-ray review of South Park - The Complete Thirteenth Season:

    South Park - The Complete Thirteenth Season (Comedy Central, $57.99 Blu-ray/$49.99 DVD) brings everybody's favorite group of animated foul-mouthed fourth graders together for fourteen more episodes of life in their small Colorado town. The thirteenth season is more of the same show that we are all used to, but in the typical style of South Park, it becomes even more hilarious than before and pushes the envelope on every single event in popular culture. The Complete Thirteenth Season is available in a three-disc DVD set as well as a two-disc Blu-ray set, which will be the focus of our coverage (for the first time ever!).

    The season begins with "The Ring," where Kenny has a new girlfriend and thinks that he may finally get a chance to lose his virginity (yes, a fourth grader thinking about that), but life isn't so fun for him when his new girlfriend has an obsession with the Jonas Brothers and inspires him to wear a chastity ring. Cartman brings vigilante justice to South Park in "The Coon." It is a battle of the sexes in the incredibly raucous episode "Eat, Pray, Queef." Kanye West is incredibly confused about a joke that Jimmy (but Cartman attempts to take credit for) invented in "Fishsticks," and is out for revenge. Cartman dreams of living the pirate life when he hears news reports of piracy in Somoalia in "Fatbeard," so he decides to travel to Africa to partake in the pirate life, which leads to an international crisis.
    Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, and several others are alive again (if only for 22 minutes) in "Dead Celebrities," where Ike starts seeing dead people. Youth prostitution becomes big in South Park in "Butters' Bottom Bitch," and Butters is behind it all. In "W.T.F.," the boys are interested in joining the wrestling team at school after watching professional wrestling on TV, but when they find out that real wrestling is "lame," they decide to start their own wrestling federation, complete with all of the soap opera drama of WWE. In "The F Word," a certain word becomes the talk of the town when the boys spray paint it all over town, but it happens to offend the gay community of South Park. Move over, Rush Limbaugh, here comes Eric Cartman when he takes over the morning announcements and uses it as a forum to talk about whatever he wants in "Dances with Smurfs." The season ends with "Pee," where the kids go to a water park that is in a crisis mode--too many people are peeing in the water, which will cause the world to end--although Cartman's biggest concern is that there are too many minorities in the wave pool.

    The episodes as presented on the set are completely unedited and uncensored, which means that it provides more than what aired on Comedy Central. Anything that could be seen as slightly controversial is included in the episodes, and there are no censors at all in this set, so don't be surprised to hear a few f-words (not including the one that was the focus of the twelfth episode of the season) here and there. Runtimes are as follows.

    Blu-ray Disc 1:
    1. The Ring (22:16)
    2. The Coon (22:15)
    3. Margaritaville (22:15)
    4. Eat, Pray, Queef (22:16)
    5. Fishsticks (22:15)
    6. Pinewood Derby (22:16)
    7. Fatbeard (22:17)

    Blu-ray Disc 2:
    8. Dead Celebrities (22:16)
    9. Butters' Bottom Bitch (22:15)
    10. W.T.F. (22:15)
    11. Whale Whores (22:15)
    12. The F Word (22:15)
    13. Dances with Smurfs (22:16)
    14. Pee (22:16)

    The Blu-ray version of the set comes in a two-disc set that is contained in a digipak, as has been the case for all of the previous releases. The front of the package has a picture of all of the boys, with Cartman holding a piece of paper that is somewhat similar to his pirate map in the episode "Fatbeard" with a yellow background. The back of the package has another picture of all of the boys (though it is missing Kenny for some reason) along with the basic information about the set. Inside, there is a four-panel digipak. The outside of the digipak has full panel pictures of scenes from the episodes on the set. Inside the digipak, the far left and far right panels have episode information, and the two interior panels have snapshots from the episodes "Fishsticks" and "Dances with Smurfs." These two snapshots are also depicted on the disc artwork, with Disc 1 containing the snapshot from "Fishsticks" and Disc 2 containing the snapshot from "Dances with Smurfs." Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7, and Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14. The DVD version of the set, which was not available for review, contains three discs.

    The main menu on each disc on the Blu-ray version contains video scenes from the episodes contained on the disc with the South Park "doomsday" music playing in the background. The options on the main menu include Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, and Setup. Episode Selection shows all of the episodes on the disc, which pops up over part of the screen on the main menu (while the video continues to play), and Bonus Features (only on Disc 1) does the same thing. Setup allows you to adjust the audio (either Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Stereo) and also allows you to turn on commentary and subtitles. The pop-up menus (available only in the Blu-ray version) provide all of the same options with a slightly different appearance. Chapters are placed appropriately throughout each episode.

    The video and audio quality of the Blu-ray version of this set is spectacular. There are virtually no flaws at all to be found in the video, and everything is crystal clear and incredibly sharp. As for the audio, it is available in Dolby TrueHD as well as Dolby Digital Stereo. Unfortunately, as I do not have an elaborate home theater system, I was unable to experience the Dolby TrueHD version of the audio as it was intended to be, but I found that the Dolby Digital Stereo version was still spectacular, and was a lot better on my less low-tech setup. Each episode on the set contains English subtitles.

    There are a few nice special features on the set (all of them are the same on both the Blu-ray and DVD version), though the set still falls somewhat short in the special features arena. The special features can be found on Disc 1 on the Blu-ray version. "Inside X-Box: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of South Park Studios" (4:35) is just a short behind-the-scenes tour of the production of the series. It is interesting to watch, but way too short. The set also contains several deleted scenes (7:14) that encompass the entire season. I don't believe that any of the previous releases have ever included any deleted scenes, so this is definitely a nice feature to see this time. Finally, the set contains brief audio commentaries from Matt Stone and Trey Parker on each episode, but as has been the case on the previous releases, these are way too short and not nearly insightful enough. Basically, they just come in for a few minutes at the beginning of the episode, then leave, which doesn't provide full insight into the episode, as a commentary should do.

    This set is the very first Blu-ray that I have ever owned and watched. In fact, I purchased my very first Blu-ray player specifically for this review, and I have to say that this series was a great place to start on Blu-ray. I've never seen the episodes of the series in high definition (my cable company doesn't provide Comedy Central in high definition for some reason), and I have never before seen this series look so great. The set is virtually flawless (aside from the somewhat dismal special features), and really demonstrates the true glory of what Blu-ray is all about. I haven't seen the DVD version of this, but if past releases are an indicator, the episodes on that version should look great as well, although I would strongly recommend the Blu-ray version if you have a Blu-ray player. Head on up to South Park and meet these friends of mine!

    -- Reviewed by skees53
    (4.5/5 stars)

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    Friday, March 05, 2010

    NBC Summer 2010 Plans; BET Re-Acquires In Living Color; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 8, 2010)

    Yesterday we gave you a bit of an update for ABC's summer plans, now we have some NBC summer updates. Before we give you the updates, NBC has announced that the Emmy Awards will air live on all time zones this year, as usually the west coast has a three-hour delay, THR reports. NBC has The Emmys this year and they will air live at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. NBC did the same thing for The Golden Globes, which NBC aired live coast-to-coast for the first time ever this past January.
    NBC announced the Emmy change along with premiere dates for the returning series America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing, and two new scripted shows - the multi-camera comedy 100 Questions and the mystery Persons Unknown.
    America's Got Talent will return featuring new judge Howie Mandel with a two-hour debut Tuesday, June 1 from 8-10pm, and a Wednesday edition premiering the following night (June 2) at 9pm. Talent then would be reduced to 9pm on Tuesdays starting June 8. It is unclear what will air at 8pm, but Law & Order repeats will air in the Tuesday 10pm hour. As for Wednesdays, Talent repeats will air at 8pm and Law & Order: SVU repeats at 10pm starting June 9.
    Last Comic Standing, with new host Craig Robinson (The Office) also will return with a two-hour premiere Monday, June 7 from 8-10pm, then transition to its usual time slot at 9 pm Mondays. Repeats of Comic will air at 8pm starting the following week and new drama Persons Unknown will air at 10pm. Read more on that below.
    Sitcom 100 Questions stars Charlotte Payne as a woman taking a 100-question dating-compatibility test, with each question causing her to recall a humorous story from her past. The show debuts at 8:30 pm Thursday, May 27 but will be airing alongside comedy repeats on Thursdays. Smells like a burn-off as it was originally slated for the regular season.
    Drama Persons Unknown stars Alan Ruck and Jason Wiles and is about a group of strangers who come together to solve a puzzle. The drama debuts at 10 pm Monday, June 7 right after Last Comic Standing.
    Encore episodes from Season 9 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (which will premiere in the spring on USA Network,) will run on NBC starting at 10 pm Sunday, June 20 following repeats of Law & Order at 9pm. Dateline will usually air Sundays 7-9pm. Other Sunday programming has the half-hour special The Making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which gives viewers a sneak peak of the Universal Orlando Resort's new theme park attraction, runs Sunday, June 6 at 7pm and the annual The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which is set for Sunday, July 4 in the 9pm hour.
    The two-hour adventure movie The Jensen Project, will air Friday, July 16 from 8-10pm. The usual Friday summer schedule will have Friday Night Lights at 8pm and Dateline from 9-11pm.
    View the FULL NBC summer schedule in a list form.

    Last night NBC had the birth of Jim and Pam's baby on The Office. It probably didn't match-up no where near the top TV sitcom births of all-time. Our friends at TVTango.com has a cool list of the top 10 TV births of all-time! See who made the cut at TVTango.com!
    Also, while we're talking about NBC Thursday, their comedies are not as good now as they have been in the past and our friend Eric of JustMyShow.com has started a Facebook page to rally NBC to air its classic Thursday night lineup for one night! Yes, that means The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court and Hill Street Blues. WGN America aired that line-up (minus Night Court) for one night in September and it brought back such good memories! Be a fan of this Facebook page and maybe NBC will do it (yeah right, they are making terrible decisions so of course not).

    In other news, BET has re-acquired the '90s sketch comedy series In Living Color. Actually, they quietly added the show last Saturday (Feb. 27) and are airing it every Saturday morning. The series will usually air on BET from 9am-12pm on Saturdays.

    We did a special preview of a new blog feature here at SitcomsOnline called "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" last Saturday, now every Friday we will bring you the listings of Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows for the coming week starting today. To recap, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!

    For the week of March 8-12, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

    Monday, March 8, 2010
    • Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - Lisa stops by The Martha Stewart Show continuing her rounds for her NBC reality series that she is producing. Check local listings for time and channel.

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    • Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town) - He will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:05am ET on ABC discussing his ABC sitcom.
    • Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - She will be promoting her NBC produced series on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am ET on CBS. ALSO, she will be on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Check local listings for time and channe.
    • Adhir Kaylan (Rules of Engagement) - Adhir will be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am ET on CBS.
    • Andy Richter (various sitcoms) - Andy guest co-hosts with Kelly Ripa on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly. Check local listings for time and channel.
    • Betty White (Mary Tyler Moore Show/Golden Girls) - This is a repeat of her appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show from February. Check local listings.
    • Pat Harrington, Jr. (One Day at a Time) - He stops by The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV (Retirement Living TV) at 2pm ET.

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    • Bill Engvall (The Bill Engvall Show) - Bill stops by The Bonnie Hunt Show. Check local listings for time and channel.
    • Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple) - Jack stops to chat on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 10pm ET.
    • Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men) - She also is a guest on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 10pm ET.

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    • Valerie Harper (Rhoda/Valerie) - She will be on ABC's Good Morning America this morning at 7am ET.
    • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - He drops by to see the ladies of The View at 11am ET/10am PT on ABC
    • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry guest co-hosts with Kelly Ripa on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly. Check your local listings for time and channel. He will also appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm on Comedy Central.
    • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) - This is a repeat appearance of him on The Bonnie Hunt Show from February. Check local listings.
    • Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) - She will be on Larry King Live on CNN at 9pm ET to discuss addiction.
    • Nancy Dussault (Too Close for Comfort) - She stops by The Florence Henderson Show at 2pm on RLTV.
    • James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - The sitcom star stops by The Florence Henderson Show at 2pm on RLTV.
    • Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons/227) - The legendary Marla Gibbs stops by the 10pm edition (encores at 1am ET) of The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV! There's no place this show, child!

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    • Jason Sudekis (The Cleveland Show/SNL) - He will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am ET.
    • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker/Bored to Death)- He will be on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, but probably talking about Damages. Check local listings for time and channel.
    And if you want some talk show repeats this weekend, the Retirement Living TV Network has The Florence Henderson Show repeats! Up Sunday at 3pm ET Florence chats with the legendary Robert Guillaume (SOAP, Benson).

    Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this new feature! We do listen!

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    Thursday, March 04, 2010

    Wipeout Returns June 22 on ABC, More Updates; Spike TV Orders 2nd Season of Comedy

    ABC will launch the third season of the hilarious summer hit obstacle course series Wipeout on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT, right after the NBA Finals are over on Tuesdays this summer. The series has an 18 episode order this season, so there will be a few times it could air back-to-back possibly since it is launching in late June, as it usually ends in early-mid September. Last season the series started in late May and aired on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Now it returns to Tuesdays, where it aired in its first season. The series will have an all-new obstacle course this season as well that is top secret. There will be some themed episodes as well this season that will include "Ladies Night," "Family Edition" and "Wipeout Blind Date." The series again is hosted by John Anderson and John Henson and sideline host Jill Wagner.
    There is no word what will follow Wipeout yet on the Tuesday night summer schedule, but ABC could opt to air the second season of Shaq Vs. for 6 weeks, as they have ordered a second season. After that, I would assume Wipeout would air for two-hours each week from 8-10pm. In other ABC summer news, The Bachelorette will launch on Monday, May 24 from 9-11pm after Dancing with the Stars' performance finale. Then it will move to 8-10pm on Mondays starting the following week, Monday, May 31. And at 10pm the second season of reality series True Beauty from Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks will return. Among the other reality series ABC has available this summer are The Bachelor Pad, Dating in the Dark, Let's Dance, Secret Millionaire and Ice Dancing with the Stars from the producers of Dancing with the Stars (this format has done well in the UK where it is called Strictly Ice Dancing) has a 6 episode order (but it might not be ready by summer, so maybe December?). ABC also has scripted options in Copper and possibly a few others such as Scoundrels and The Gates. But more on those at a later date.
    Moving on to the current regular season, ABC has scheduled two clip shows for its returning dramas from hiatus. FLASHFORWARD: What Did You See? will recap the first ten episodes of FLASHFORWARD in a way both new viewers and current fans will enjoy. The clip show will air Tuesday, March 16 after LOST at 10pm and the series returns with all-new episodes on Thursdays, starting March 18 at 8pm. Similarly, ABC has just announced it will do the same for V, doing a clip show after LOST. The V clip show will recap the first four episodes in a way new viewers and current fans will enjoy. This one airs a week later on Tuesday, March 23 at 10pm and the series returns with all-new episodes airing Tuesdays at 10pm the following week (March 30). Watch these two shows when they return and if you haven't watched yet, catch up with the recap episodes in time for their returns!

    Spike TV has picked up a second season of 13 episodes of its first original scripted comedy series, Blue Mountain State. Produced by Varsity Pictures' Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett and Lionsgate, Blue Mountain State launched in January and has averaged nearly 1 million viewers, improving the timeslot in the key demographics of Men 18-24 by 165% and Men 18-34 by 86% (through six episodes).
    Blue Mountain State follows the on and off-field antics of incoming freshmen as they learn to adapt to life at the fictional college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain State. Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (Hill Street Blues), stars as the coach. Alex, played by Emmy Award-winner Darin Brooks (Blue Crush) is a talented quarterback, content to be second-string and ride the bench while partying with his best friend Sammy, played by Romanski (The Sarah Silverman Program). The cast also includes Thad, played by Alan Ritchson (Smallville), the team's over-the-top team captain and Denise played by Gabrielle Dennis (The Game).
    Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett are executive producers of the single-camera comedy. Series star Romanski, along with Eric Falconer (The Sarah Silverman Program, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) also serve as executive producers and writers.
    As for the first season, the season is still currently in the middle of its season. The first season will end on Tuesday, March 30 at 10pm. It is stil unclear when the second season will launch, but at least we know there will be a second season!

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    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Nick at Nite Adds Two More March Stunts, Including Chris Marathon; Comedy Central Picks Up Original Comedy; 227 Reunion Video Link

    Nick at Nite has added two additional stunts for March 2010. Last week we gave you the highlights for Nick at Nite March 2010, but they have now added a Vegas stunt and an Everybody Hates Chris marathon. Next Monday (Monday, March 8), Nick at Nite presents a Vegas Showdown! Nick at Nite is taking it to the strip for a guaranteed bet to make you laugh! The night starts off at 8pm with an all-new episode of Glenn Martin, DDS. Glenn is forced to strip to pay off his debts after trying too hard to impress Jackie's father. Conor tries to kick his addiction to second-hand smoke and is handcuffed to an international spy as part of a recovery program. Then at 8:30pm the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Vegas" will air. At 9pm, on Everybody Hates Chris, Julius gets a job as a cab driver and takes a passenger to Las Vegas for $1000. At 9:30pm The Nanny will air with the episode "A Decent Proposal." And finally at 10pm, an encore of the Glenn Martin "Vegas Strip" episode will reair.
    And finally Nick at Nite has added an Everybody Hates Chris marathon for the end of the month! The marathon will air Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, 2010 from 11:00pm-5:00am ET/PT each night. That's five nights of Chris!
    View the full Nick at Nite March 2010 schedule with these updates!

    Comedy Central has picked-up an original single-camera sitcom. A ten-episode series starring Mail Order Comedy's Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Adam Devine and directed ny Kyle Newacheck will premiere this summer on the cable network.
    Graduating from college and entering the real world isn't easy, especially for these three unmotivated roommates! Comedy Central greenlights Workaholics from Avalon Television, Inc. and Gigapix Studios. The 10-episode half-hour weekly scripted series set to premiere this summer stars Mail Order Comedy's Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Adam Devine and several episodes will be directed by Kyle Newacheck. Kevin Etten (Scrubs) has signed on as showrunner and executive producer.
    Workaholics is a scripted series that follows three friends fresh out of college who live and work together as telemarketers. Dress codes, deadlines and waking up before noon isn't something these guys are used to. The crew spends their days scheming together to avoid doing any real work and their nights looking for good times.
    Stay with us for more info in the coming months on this series.

    And if you missed it (you might have because it was originally scheduled for Thursday), view the entire portion of the 227 cast reunion on the Today show this morning. And later the cast came back to answer e-mails.

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    Tuesday, March 02, 2010

    TV Land Picks Up Original Sitcom Hot in Cleveland for 10 Episodes Starting In June; Dancing with the Stars Season 10 Cast and Pairings

    TV Land has announced it has greenlit 10 episodes of the original comedy sitcom Hot in Cleveland, starring a sensational veteran cast of Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!) and Jane Leeves (Frasier) with the legendary Betty White (The Golden Girls, Mary Tyler Moore Show) in the pilot episode.
    Hot in Cleveland is written by Emmy Award-winning Suzanne Martin (Frasier, Ellen) and is produced by Emmy Award-winner Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions.
    Hot in Cleveland is a TV Land PRIME original production and is the network's first venture into scripted comedy series. The series is scheduled to air starting in June 2010. Stay with us for a premiere date and more soon.
    Hot in Cleveland revolves around three fabulous, LA women of a certain age and best friends (Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick). Their lives are changed forever when their plane - headed for Paris - unexpectedly lands in Cleveland and they soon rediscover themselves in this new "promised land." Loving their new home, the women find themselves living under one roof and battling the sassy caretaker of the property they have rented, played by Betty White.
    See a video clip from the pilot episode:



    Last night during the finale of The Bachelor: On The Wings of Love, ABC announced an all-new lineup of eleven stars for the tenth edition of Dancing with the Stars -- including a Baywatch babe, a legendary astronaut, a Bachelor, an Olympic gold medalist, a Bengal, an ESPN Reporter, a pop singer, an original 90210 alum, an actor, a comedienne and a reality television star who is the mother of eight -- will strut their stuff on the dance floor in the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, March 22 from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT on ABC.
    All eleven couples will dance for the first time on live national television on Monday, March 22, with couples either performing the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha. In week two, all of the couples will return to dance their second routines in a two-hour show, Monday, March 29 from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and viewer votes for both performances will be sent home on Tuesday, March 30 from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT in the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars: The Results, at a new time.

    And now it is time to announce the celebrities and their professional partners!
    1. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be paired with Ashly Costa (formerly DelGrosso), who returns for her fourth season and returns for the first time since season three.
    2. Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson will be paired with newcomer Damian Whitewood.
    3. Sexy ESPN reporter Erin Andrews will be paired with Maksim Chmerkoviskiy, who returns for his eighth season.
    4. TV icon Shannen Doherty will be paired with Mark Ballas, who returns for his sixth season.
    5. Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin will be paired with Tony Dovolani, who returns for his ninth straight season.
    6. World Figure Skating champion Evan Lysacek will be paired with Anna Trebunskya, who returns for her fifth season.
    7. Comedienne and sitcom star Niecy Nash will be paired with Louis Van Amstel, who returns for his sixth season.
    8. NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will be paired with Cheryl Burke, who returns for her ninth straight season.
    9. The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka will be paired with Chelsie Hightower, who returns for her third season.
    10. Pussycat Doll bombshell Nicole Scherzinger will be paired with Derek Hough, who returns for his sixth season.
    11. And finally soap heartthrob Aiden Turner will be paired with Edyta Sliwinska, who has appeared in all ten seasons and the only one to do so.
    Because the pairings goes from 16 last season to 11 this season, and that two pros are new from last season (one brand new), this means 7 professionals from last season will not be on this season. Fan favorite Lacey Schwimmer, last season's champion Kym Johnson, last season's runner-up Dmitry Chaplin, first season champ Alec Mazo, last season's newcomer Anna Demidova, veteran Jonathan Roberts, and the controversial Karina Smirnoff will not be on this season. They can turn up on Results Shows of course in performances. But hopefully they return in future seasons in actual pairings, especially fan fave Lacey and Dmitry.
    Read more about the celebrities.


    And if you missed it, view the entire portion of the The Partridge Family cast reunion on the Today show this morning. And later the cast came back to answer e-mails.

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    Monday, March 01, 2010

    Hallmark Channel Cuts AFV, Adds More Cheers Starting Tonight; Remembering Andrew Koenig

    The Hallmark Channel has made a last minute schedule change late on Friday that starts TONIGHT (Monday, March 1, 2010). First, the Hallmark Movie is back to 9-11pm, with Touched by an Angel moving back to 8pm. The movie was 8-10pm the last few weeks, with the primetime Touched at 10pm. Late night will also get a chance every weeknight starting tonight. America's Funniest Home Videos will be replaced from 1-3am with more Cheers. So, this means AFV is now off the line-up completely and Cheers will air for three hours from 1-4am on weeknights, as it was already airing 3-4am. On weekends, it will continue to be just 3-4am. Hallmark was airing the Bob Saget version of AFV since early January 2010. No idea yet if and when it will return, but stay with us as always because the schedule changes Hallmark does is like a soap opera! You can't miss a day!

    Today we remember the life of Andrew Koenig. Andrew Koenig, an actor best known for his role in the 1980's television series Growing Pains, was found dead in Vancouver on Thursday (Feb. 25, 2010). His death was announced by the Vancouver police at a news conference in the downtown park where his body was found. Andrew's father, the actor Walter Koenig, said his son "took his own life." Andrew was visiting friends in Vancouver when he was reported missing more than a week ago.
    From 1985 to 1989 Andrew had a recurring role as a friend of Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron) on the hit ABC sitcom Growing Pains. He also guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, My Two Dads, 21 Jump Street, My Sister Sam, & Adam-12 . He also worked as a film editor and wrote and directed short films. His father played the part of Pavel Chekov on the original Star Trek.
    Growing Pains star Alan Thicke (Dr. Jason Seaver) had this to say about Andrew: "Andrew's light shone brightly on the Growing Pains set. His skill and humor and friendship were important elements in our extended family. May his own family now find comfort in their memories of the good times with this very special young man."
    Such a tragic loss. Even though he was not a major star or anything, he will still be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Koenig family. Andrew was only 41.

    And if you missed it, view the entire portion of the Eight is Enough cast reunion on Today this morning. And later the cast came back to answer e-mails.

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