Saturday, April 03, 2010

Digital Digest: Battlestar Galactica -- The Complete Series DVD Review; Comparing ALF -- Season One DVDs in Region 1 and Region 2

We're back once again for our second edition of Sitcoms Online Digital Digest! For those who didn't check us out last week, this is our new weekly blog feature where we talk about all things related to sitcoms (as well as some non-sitcoms) in the digital world, including DVD, Blu-ray, and even the internet (although we don't have any of those features planned just yet). The news is a little light this week, but we can only have news if it is being announced! We're also going to have a blog review this week of Battlestar Galactica – The Complete Series, as well as our very first look at a Region 2 DVD, ALF -- Die Komplette Erste Staffel, Warner Home Video's German release of the first season of ALF. It'll be a little different from our normal reviews since we're mostly comparing the set to the American version, but you'll want to read it for sure. We will be tweaking a few things on here as the weeks go on (this feature is still a work in development), so there will likely be a few changes in the upcoming weeks. We are still interested in your feedback about our new feature, and would love to hear from you on our message board or Tweet/Facebook!


DIGITAL NEWS

Starting off our news this week is a long list of DVDs that we all knew would be coming (as they do every year) from ABC Studios. Several hits from the current ABC lineup will be hitting stores later this summer, including Desperate Housewives - The Complete Sixth Season (September 21, $45.99 MSRP), Ugly Betty - The Complete Fourth and Final Season (August 17, $39.99 MSRP), Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season (August 31, $45.99 MSRP), and one of ABC's newest sitcoms, Cougar Town – The Complete First Season (August 17, $39.99 MSRP). There is no word yet on any Blu-ray releases on any of these series, but I have a feeling that many of these will see Blu-ray releases at some point in time, if not on the same day as the DVD release. We will have more details on all of these in the coming weeks, as we find out all of the details.

It seems that no week would be complete without news from Shout! Factory. While there haven't been any official press releases or details about the releases we've found out about this week, we have learned through Shout! Factory's message boards that The Patty Duke Show – The Complete Third Season (the final one, by the way) will be released in August, and some special features are indeed planned for the set. It is always great to see a series wrapped up! Also, Brian Ward of Shout! Factory mentioned that the third season of California Dreams is currently in the works, but due to slow sales of the first two seasons, it will only be available from Shout! Factory's direct-to-consumer program. But we aren't quite done with Shout! Factory just yet! After announcing Dragnet 1968 – Season 2 just a few weeks ago, there is now word (once again, from Brian Ward) that Adam-12 – Season Five will be coming sometime in August. As always, it seems that Shout! Factory is hard at work to bring us, well, everything on DVD! As was the case with the ABC Studios announcements, we'll have more details on these as we get them.

Hopefully we will have more news than we had this week to share with you next week. But we can't have any news unless the studios plan to release things! There may be some announcements from Warner Home Video next week, as they are planning an online chat about their television series on DVD, so hopefully we will get some interesting news from that! If we have anything, we'll let you know next week.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

There aren't any sitcoms being released next week (April 6), but there are a few great TV series that we love (and you probably do too) that are coming up next week. Ally McBeal - The Complete Second Season is a great set that includes all 23 episodes of the second season of the legal drama. They did a great job with the first season, and although we haven't seen this set yet, we can imagine it is just as great. Ally McBeal - The Complete Series, of course, has already been released. Also coming up on Tuesday, from Shout! Factory, is Simon & Simon – Season Four! I will be reviewing this soon in Digital Digest, but I can say right now that I am really enjoying the episodes on this set. The set does mention on the menus that it contains one edited episode, but overall, it is a great set. Universal is releasing a repackaged version of Syfy's (or Sci Fi Channel as it was known when the series originally aired) Battlestar Galactica – The Complete Series on both DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a Blu-ray version of Battlestar Galactica – Season Two. We have a review of Battlestar Galactica – The Complete Series in today's Digital Digest. Finally, The Lucille Ball Specials – Lucy Calls the President is being released, and it is an excellent special that every Lucille Ball fan must own. MPI did a great job with this release, and you can read our review of it from last week's Digital Digest.


BLOG FEATURE REVIEW:

This week, we are going to take a look at Battlestar Galactica – The Complete Series, which is being released this coming Tuesday (April 6) on both DVD and Blu-ray.

DVD Review: Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Series

by Seth Thrasher

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series (Universal, $199.98) is the second edition of a complete series set for one of the greatest TV shows this decade, and it's available to own on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday! The version of the release received for review is the DVD version of the set, and all subsequent comments about the set should be taken with this in mind. The set contains the complete full four seasons of the show, including the original miniseries as well as the "Razor" TV movie that aired prior to the fourth season. Not included is the recently released DVD movie "The Plan," which fills in some details the first season and a half omitted initially; nor does it feature the pilot DVD to the spin-off series Caprica.
Battlestar Galactica (the modern edition) is a "re-imagining" (a reboot, if you will) of a cheesy but fun late 1970s TV series. The new series is really a sign of the times in which it aired, with varying points in the series being incredibly dramatic, whether as a military drama, a political drama, or a space drama. The series, in terms of what it offers fans, really does present something for everyone.

To understand what you're getting into with this series, it's time for a little Battlestar Galactica 101:
With regards to the setting of the series and how we arrive to the events in the series' beginning -- imagine a *slightly* alternate universe. Now imagine a galaxy far, far, away. Humanity lives on twelve different planets in close proximity to one another. They've got spaceships, but much of their other technology appears very retro for one VERY important reason: The Cylons. Cylons were robots created by this version of humanity to do their bidding and make their lives easier, and any other ret-conned reasons introduced in the spin-off series Caprica. Over time, the robots' grew sentient, and got tired of being treated as humanity's butlers. So, they rebelled. Being machines and all, they quickly made Swiss cheese of most advanced technology. Humans eventually won the war, after forty years...mostly because the Cylons quit and went off to another world. Humans and their old robots had more or less a truce...until one day the Cylons came back.

For the sixteen of you reading this review who aren't familiar with the show, I'll stop with the back-story now as I want you to be surprised when you pick up either this set or at least the first season's episodes. When I was introduced to this show in 2008, just prior to the beginning of the show's fourth season, I was completely in the dark and I think my enjoyment of the show is better for it. I want you to have the same experience. It's not nearly as fun if I ruin the surprise. A basic and obvious summary would only be to say that the Cylons inevitably cause mass carnage and humanity is sent on the run for a new home. What follows over the next four seasons is a great ride for one and all.

There are two distinct elements to the packaging to discuss. Unlike the first printing run of this complete series set, this version uses a standard large outer box, in which is housed all four season box sets. The big box is silver and in the course of a three panel wraparound features the majority of the principal cast in grayscale. The show's logo is featured at the top of each side in raised lettering, as well as on the top of the box, again with raised lettering. The inner boxes contained within are similar to what you'd find on store shelves, with one minor difference. Fans will recall that seasons two and four were split in two and aired and later sold as seasons "2.0/2.5" and "4.0/4.5." For this set, both half-seasons have been unified into a single season box. The box generally resembles the 2.0 and 4.0 boxes, with the only changes being minor substitutions of text and a couple of the smaller episode stills on the back. The slim cases in which the discs are housed, as well as the discs themselves, are identical to their previous individual-release counterparts, down to the "Season 2.5" and "Season 4.5" branding.

Menus are generally identical to their season set counterparts, and vary from season to season. The menus for the initial sets were released in the earlier days of TV on DVD and as such don't feature as advanced designs as later seasons.

Video quality is among the best standard-definition DVD releases I've had the privilege to review. The only instances of any sort of debris, grain, or flaws in the video is when the show is *deliberately* going for a slightly grittier look. No sane person would hold *intentional* debris against a producer, and as I consider myself relatively sane, I intend to bear no grudge. Audio is spectacular as well - you can't ask for more on a DVD than a quality 5.1 experience and the show delivers that in spades. Runtimes are all over the place, with the shortest episodes being the same lengths as their original broadcast counterparts. Several episodes are "extended" from original broadcast with material that was cut for time originally that the producers feel is important to the show. It is SO nice to get to watch a set where the changes from original broadcast are *addition* and not subtraction.

Speaking of material removed from episodes, there is an absolute plethora of deleted scenes available as a bonus feature, along with just about anything else you can imagine. A breakdown of features by season brings us the following features each season:

Season One
*Feature Commentary by Director Michael Rymer and Executive Producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore.
*Sketches and Art
*Deleted Scenes
*Battlestar Galactica: The Series Lowdown
*8 Behind-the-Scenes featurettes

Season Two:
*Extended version of mid-season cliffhanger "Pegasus"
*Deleted Scenes
*Podcasts
*Producers Video Blogs

Season Three:
*Extended version of episode "Unfinished Business"
*Deleted Scenes
*Podcasts
*Episode Commentary
*Producer's Video Blogs*
*Webisodes

Season Four:
*Extended versions of "A Disquiet Follows My Soul," "Islanded in a Stream of Stars," and "Daybreak"
*Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
*Sneak Peek at Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
*Episode Commentaries
*Ronald D. Moore's Podcast Commentaries
*David Eick's Video Blogs
*Deleted Scenes

An amazing amount of content, and I'd have to spent a week on the blog dissecting it all. What you really want to know is: "Should I buy this set?" I have two questions in response:

1. Do you already own all of the season sets?
2. Do you have an interest in quality dramas OR (notice: NOT and) anything to do with space?

If you can answer NO to 1, or YES to EITHER part of 2, then I think it's well worth your money to buy this set. It's a tremendous show. The first two-and-change seasons are among the best television I've ever watched, and the remaining less-than-two seasons, while a bit weaker, are still GREAT television. If you already own ALL of the season sets, or you already own the FIRST printing run of the complete series set, there's ZERO reason to buy this. It's solely for people like me who hadn't cashed in on the full run of DVDs yet for whatever reason.

Those of you who aren't yet fans of this great show, and don't want to plop down anywhere from $100 to $200 for a complete series set, at least do me this favor: Go to your video renter of choice and depending on their rental policies either rent season one, or more specifically get a hold of the first two discs of season one. Set aside two three hour blocks, and watch the miniseries and first few episodes. If you're not hooked after that, there's nothing I can do for you. But hopefully, in watching these episodes you come to the same conclusion I, and an army of other BSG fans, have all reach in that this was one of the best TV series of our time.

(5/5 stars)

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ALF - Region 1 vs. Region 2 (Including a Look at German Season One Release)
by skees53

Back in 2004, in the infancy of our DVD reviews, we had a review of Lionsgate's release of ALF – Season One. It is funny to look back at our old reviews now and how much we've evolved since then, but one thing hasn't changed, and that is the practice of some shows appearing on DVDs in their edited or syndicated versions. At the time, we foolishly assumed that anything on DVD would be unedited, but boy, were we wrong.

ALF – Season One was heavily butchered on DVD, with tons of cuts made both for the sake of time for airing on TV as well as cuts made to avoid copyright issues with music contained within the episodes. But last week, we talked about international DVDs Warner Home Video's release of ALF – Die Komplette Erste Staffel in Region 2 (specifically in Germany). Despite the $45 price tag on it (that included shipping), I went ahead and purchased it from Germany's version of Amazon, Amazon.de to check it out after I heard that it contained much better episodes than the Region 1 version.

Before you go any further, you should check out my blog feature from last week where I talked about purchasing international DVDs and playing them on DVD players purchased in the United States. You may need to modify your DVD player (this is at your own risk, I would suggest doing it with an older one as well, because the modifications can and will void any warranties that you have on the DVD player) or purchase a DVD player that is region-free out of the box. Upon purchasing this set, I was successfully able to modify an eight-year-old Oritron brand (that is basically about as close to the bottom of the barrel that you can get without buying an Apex brand DVD player) DVD player that I had sitting in storage for years to play the DVD set.

So let's talk about what was different when I first received the set. The packaging was definitely different from the Region 1 version. Of course, that is to be expected since a different studio released it on DVD. The cover art had a picture of ALF on it with a planet logo that had "Die Komplette 1 Staffel" (which is German for "The Complete First Season") on it, and the back had a lot of writing in German. But it did mention on the back that it had audio tracks AND subtitles in "Deutsch" (German), "Französisch" (French), "Englisch" (English), and "Spanisch" (Spanish). Just like the Region 1 release, it contained a standard DVD case inside of a cardboard sleeve, and the DVD case inside was exactly the same. Inside the DVD case, there were four discs, with Disc 1 having a picture of ALF, Disc 2 having a picture of Brian, Disc 3 having a picture of Lynn, and Disc 4 having a picture of Willie. There was also a very nice episode booklet that resembled a typical Warner episode booklet like the ones that we have in the United States, except it was all in German. Even the episode titles were translated into German.

I could only hope that the DVD would work in my DVD player when I put it in. I was actually a little concerned that it might not, and maybe there was a detail that I missed in playing Region 2 DVDs. Fortunately, it really was as simple as I thought it would be, and the only thing necessary was to modify the DVD player. When the menus popped up on the screen, I was surprised to discover that, despite the packaging all being in German, the main menu was actually in English. Unlike the Region 1 DVDs where ALF greeted you and interacted with you on the menus, the main menu on here just had the theme song playing with a still photo of ALF (the same one as seen on the cover art) and options of Play, Episodes, and Languages.



The Play option went to a menu that had no words at all, but instead just numbers for each episode. I suppose that this is designed to make the set more accessible to a wider variety of languages. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7, Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14, Disc 3 contains episodes 15-20, and Disc 4 contains episodes 21-25. There was one difference from the American version, though. The episodes on this set are presented in their original airdate order. The Region 1 set episodes were presented in the production order. For fans of the series, the airdate order makes much more sense to the continuity of the series.



What is most important, though, is the content of the episodes themselves. As was indicated last week, the episodes are almost all unedited. There was one minor edit on the episode "For Your Eyes Only" to remove a Chipmunks song, and it is actually a pretty abrupt and noticeable cut, but it doesn't remove any continuity to the episode. What is unusual, however, is that the Region 1 version actually has the song removed as well, but is edited differently to include a few seconds of dialog that are NOT found in the Region 2 version. An interesting editing practice that I found on the Region 1 DVDs is that some of the episodes were modified to create fake opening teasers for episodes that did not originally have them. As for the unedited episodes on the Region 2 DVD set, these "fake opening teasers" appear after the opening credits as they were intended to appear. At some point in the future, we will revisit this set (as well as other seasons of ALF) to talk about some specific edits. The runtimes for each episode are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. "Pilot" (24:12)
2. "Strangers in the Night" (24:43)
3. "Looking for Lucky" (23:43)
4. "Pennsylvania 6-5000" (24:41)
5. "Keepin' the Faith" (24:42)
6. "For Your Eyes Only" (23:30)
7. "Help Me Rhonda" (24:42)

Disc 2:
8. "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?" (24:36)
9. "Jump" (24:44)
10. "Baby, You Can Drive My Car" (24:43)
11. "On the Road Again" (23:42)
12. "Oh, Tannerbaum" (24:43)
13. "Mother and Child Reunion" (24:41)
14. "A Little Bit of Soap" (24:43)

Disc 3:
15. "I've Got a New Attitude" (24:42)
16. "Try to Remember (Parts 1 and 2)" (48:10)
17. "Border Song" (24:44)
18. "Wild Thing" (24:43)
19. "Going Out of My Head Over You" (24:24)
20. "Looking Through the Windows" (24:44)

Disc 4:
21. "It Isn't Easy Bein' Green" (24:42)
22. "The Gambler" (24:33)
23. "Weird Science" (24:33)
24. "La Cucaracha" (24:26)
25. "Come Fly With Me" (24:34)

We all get a little annoyed by having to wait on FBI warnings on a disc, but we should be lucky that we only have one in the United States. This set, on the other hand, has over THIRTY (maybe closer to 40 or 50, I lost count) warnings about copyright infringement at the end of the last episode on each disc, for each and every country that the set is sold in (and it is a long list). Luckily, you aren't forced to watch these, but it takes forever. And of course, the one that applies to the United States is, well, not there, since this set is not intended to be sold in the United States.

The video and audio quality is generally fine, although it isn't perfect and there is a good reason for this. These episodes are presented in PAL format, which is slightly different from the NTSC format that we use in the United States. The DVD player can translate the formats just fine for us, but since PAL uses a different frame rate than NTSC, there is some minor loss of video quality on this set. There aren't really any video defects of note, however. The audio on the set sounds fine. As mentioned already, there are subtitles and audio tracks in English, German, Spanish, and French. It is actually interesting to listen to ALF's voice in the alternate languages, even if you can't understand what he is saying.

The set has no special features at all. On the Region 1 release, we had some bloopers, the original pilot episode, and some trivia facts. Also, the Region 1 DVDs had the very nicely produced menus. The Region 2 set has none of that, as is a common practice on foreign DVDs.

If you can afford to buy the set and/or you are a diehard ALF fan and want the unedited episodes, this set is definitely worth owning. You can purchase it on Amazon.de (a link to the product page can be found below), but be careful about ordering on there, specifically make sure that you are able to translate the German on the website (Yahoo! Babelfish is a great resource for that). You don't have to create a new account; your Amazon.com account information works on all of their international websites. Also, make sure that you have equipment that is capable of playing the DVDs. Season Two is also available (there is a link for that as well), and Season Three is supposed to be released sometime in the near future. There are, of course, some minor tradeoffs as mentioned with owning the Region 2 set vs. the Region 1 set, but personally, I like the Region 2 set a lot more than the Region 1 set.

(4/5 stars)

To purchase the Region 2 ALF - Season One DVD, click below:
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To purchase the Region 2 ALF - Season Two DVD, click below:
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Related links:
SitcomsOnline.com DVD Reviews Page
SitcomsOnline.com ALF - Season One DVD Review (Region 1)
ALF on TV.com


LOOKING AHEAD

We'll have some more news and reviews for you next week! We have many reviews coming up in the upcoming weeks, including Ally McBeal – The Complete Second Season, Simon & Simon – Season Four, and even the incredibly rare early 80s detective drama from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe! We also have many feature stories in the works, including one about a current practice going on in new pressings of older DVDs that is creating challenges for serious DVD collectors. Remember to tell us what you think about our new feature on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to tell us what you think! Until next week, keep it digital!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

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

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

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

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Friday, November 06, 2009

WGN America Makes Changes to Outta Sight Retro Night, Newhart Thanksgiving Marathon; TNT Picks-Up Mentalist, USA Picks-Up NCIS: LA

WGN America is making some changes starting the week of Nov. 23. On weekdays, the only change will be Nash Bridges returning to the weekday line-up, airing weekdays at 12 noon ET replacing one of the In the Heat of the Night episodes, which will remain weekdays at 11am ET.
Then starting Sunday, Nov. 29, the Sunday block Outta Sight Retro Night will get some schedule changes. The 6pm ET hour will now be Becker instead of ALF. Cosby Show, Newhart, Barney Miller remain in their 7pm-10pm ET hours, followed by a news break at 10pm ET. After the news, Cheers is still on during the 11pm ET hour, but then after that we have some changes. ALF moves to the 12 midnight hour, replacing Bewitched and more Barney Miller will air in the 1am hour replacing I Dream of Jeannie. It is not a big deal for Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie to be removed from Sundays, because they already air weekday afternoons. So with all of these schedule changes, nothing is being removed totally...which is good!
And finally, this Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009) spend the holiday once again with Newhart! WGN America will air a Newhart marathon from 2:30pm-8pm ET! For the second consecutive Thanksgiving WGN America is giving a nice Newhart marathon on Thanksgiving. Episodes airing this year in the marathon are (in order of airing): "Vermont Day," "Miss Stephanie," "A Hunting We Will Go," "Candidate Larry," "Will the Real Dick Loudon Please Shut Up," "Co-Hostess Twinkie," "Camp Stephanie," "The Gleeless Club," "The Nice Man Cometh," "Don't Rain on My Parade," and "Thanksgiving for the Memories."
Stay with us in the coming weeks as we tell you what WGN America has planned for Christmas and New Year's! I'll give you a hint, it's going to be good...as usual with them!

TNT has acquired exclusive syndication rights to The Mentalist from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, commencing in Fall 2012. Currently in its second season on CBS, The Mentalist has emerged as one of the hottest shows on broadcast television. The series will begin running weekly on the cable network in Fall 2011, before getting the full 5-days a week treatment in Fall 2012.
USA Network has acquired the exclusive off-network rights to the CBS Television Distribution's drama NCIS: Los Angeles, the newest addition to the NCIS franchise. Under the agreement, USA Network will have access to weekly early exhibitions from season one beginning September 2011 and the right to start stripping the series weekdays in September 2013. The original NCIS on USA Network is the #1 "off-network" series on cable for 2009 to date averaging nearly 3.5million total viewers in Primetime.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ABC Returns Ugly Betty 1 Week Earlier; YouTube Adds Full Episodes of Shows

Ugly Betty is now scheduled to return to the ABC schedule starting Thursday, April 30, 2009 and will continue through and including Thursday, May 14, 2009 in its 8:00-9:00PM ET/PT slot. Ugly Betty was previously scheduled to return on May 7, but now it will be a week earlier than planned, as ABC will preempt In the Motherhood and Samantha Who? In the Motherhood was planning on airing 6 of its 7 episode order, but now it will be 5 of the 7, so 2 episodes will remain leftover. It is unlikely the show will return for another season, but ABC could air those two episodes at a later date. As for Samantha Who?, the second season has a 20 episode order, but only 14 will have aired, so 6 will remain. ABC will likely hold them over for next season, which it is likely to return. Not sure what this means for the second season DVD that is slated to come out Aug. 25...will they have all 20 on there or just the 14 aired?
The two-hour season finale of Ugly Betty is still scheduled to air in the 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT slot on Thursday, May 21, 2009. So Ugly Betty will air all 24 of its hours this season, as previously it didn't match-up with just 23 hours.

YouTube has just recently added a "Shows" section where you can watch full episodes of TV shows! There are many genres of television shows you can watch, with of course Classic TV, Comedy, and Drama. YouTube has partnered with the likes of Sony's Crackle, CBS, MGM, Lionsgate and Starz and many others have made thousands of television episodes and hundreds of movies available for you to watch, comment on, favorite and share. This addition is one of many efforts underway to ensure that YouTube is offering you all the different kinds of video you want to see of full-length films and TV shows.
Get ready here is a list of just some of the stuff you'll see: The Addams Family, ALF, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, American Gladiators, Barney Miller, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Burns and Allen, Dana Carvey Show, Dick Van Dyke Show, Dragnet, Fantasy Island, He-Man, I Dream of Jeannie, Jack Benny, Lucy Show, MacGyver, Make Room for Daddy, Married with Children, My Mother the Car, NewsRadio, Party of Five, Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, Three Stooges, Trouble with Father, and What's Happening!!
Current stuff will also be available such as episodes of Harper's Island and clips of Jimmy Kimmel Live. So head on over to YouTube to start watching!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

WGN America Spring Changes Includes Bullwinkle, WWE Superstars; ION Schedule Change

Spring is in the air and WGN America will be make some changes this spring! First, America's Funniest Home Videos is re-added at 7pm ET (4pm PT) every Tuesday now (it already airs the other weekdays in the slot) starting Tuesday, March 17 replacing an airing of Star Trek: The Next Generation. TNG will still air 8pm, 9pm and 1am ET on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12 noon ET for now...keep reading below. Then Tuesday nights (well Wednesday mornings technically) from 4am-5:30am starting March 31 will be a second consecutive night of Corner Gas replacing Moesha. Moesha will still air Thursday nights (Friday mornings technically) in that slot...but not for long...keep reading.
Then the week of April 13 is when the majority of the changes start! The weeknight 1am ET rotating hour will now have Funniest Pets & People on both Monday and Tuesday nights replacing AFV and Star Trek: TNG respectively. Reno 911's Thursday 1am airings migrate to Wednesday nights replacing ALF. ALF will still remain on Sundays on Outta Sight Retro Night, though. ALF has suffered a bit of a ratings let-down, but they are still keeping it on Sundays at least. The big change on WGN America will be the WWE Superstars series airing every Thursday on WGN America at 8pm ET and encoring at 11pm ET starting April 16. Thursdays in primetime will also see the series Around the World For Free at 9pm ET and 12am ET right after WWE Superstars. So what is Around the World for Free? Alex Boylan (winner of The Amazing Race, Season 2) attempts the impossible: he strips himself of all monetary funds, and with only a backpack and the help of an online community, sets off on a mission to circumnavigate the globe. So on Thursdays at 1am ET we will see Scrubs because its Thursday 11pm ET airings are preempted and at 4am ET Bob & Tom Show will air since its 12 am ET slot is preempted on Thursdays. This is bad news for Moesha fans because now the show will only air once a week at 5am ET on late Thursday nights (early Friday mornings). And for more bad news, Moesha will be gone after the end of June and will be replaced by more Funniest Pets & People. At least Moesha will still be on The N.
Moving to weekends, on Saturdays... Hollywood and Dine is going national. The local Cleveland produced food show on WJW, hosted by David "Mossman" Moss, will be syndicated on WGN America starting Saturday, April 18 at 12 noon ET and airing every Saturday at noon ET. Following Hollywood and Dine at 12:30pm ET will be Cultivating Life with Sean Conway. Both will replace an airing of Star Trek: TNG, so that series will only be in primetime on Tuesday nights by then. An episode of Boston Legal will follow at 1pm ET replacing a Bob & Tom Show airing, but that Bob & Tom airing will be moved to a Sunday slot of 11am ET. More on Sunday in a bit, but back to Saturday. The Saturday evening Boston Legal still remains in its slot. And the biggest news for us is that the classic '60s animated comedy The Bullwinkle Show is coming to WGN America on Saturday nights starting April 18! It will air Saturdays at 12 midnight ET (9pm PT) replacing an airing of The Honeymooners. Bullwinkle will follow two Scrubs episodes at 11 & 11:30pm ET. I'm still trying to find out what package of Bullwinkle this is, but I'm guessing it is the 98 episode package from The Program Exchange. It would be cool if it were all 130 episodes, though, including the Rocky episodes. And of course The Honeymooners will still air on the Outta Sight Retro Night on Sunday evenings, so the half-hour removal on Saturday nights is not a problem. So back to Sundays, we said Bob & Tom Show is in a Sunday slot of 11am ET, replacing Whacked Out Videos, which moves to Sunday nights at 3am ET replacing one of the Homicide: Life on the Street episodes, but that will still remain at 4am ET. The other Sunday change is at 12 noon ET with an encore of WWE Superstars replacing that Boston Legal airing, so both of its airings are on Saturdays starting April 18.
That's all for now, but Sean Compton of WGN America promises us that we will see more sitcom themed weeks this summer as we did last summer! Also, they will change up the Outta Sight Retro Night on Sundays in September a bit...so that will be cool to see what they add. So just because not much is added this spring, doesn't mean anything. WGN America is working on lots of classic TV stuff, and Bullwinkle is not a bad idea! Yes, ALF did well for them but it has weakened, but they are still airing it on Sundays at least. Stay tuned and keep it with us for all WGN America news!

Just a few days ago we gave you ION's April 2009 schedule saying that M*A*S*H would return to weekdays starting March 30. Well that is still happening...but two weeks earlier now! M*A*S*H will take over the 6pm hour on weekdays starting this Monday now (March 16). And in a twist, Family Feud will move to the 7pm hour from Mon-Thurs! Feud was supposed to be totally off the line-up by March 30, but ION is indeed keeping it! Feud will replace an airing of ER on Mondays and an airing of Boston Legal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and a scheduled M*A*S*H hour or movie on Thursdays. So the only thing leaving is Steve Harvey Show...and two weeks earlier than planned. So tonight is the last night actually. This is tough news because BET removed it as well a few weeks back. Everything else we reported for April is intact, including the movies.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

WGN America's Newhart Thanksgiving Marathon; Sci Fi Channel Picks Up Reruns of Invasion & Moonlight

WGN America will celebrate Thanksgiving with an all-day marathon of the '80s sitcom Newhart! Yes, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 from 12pm to 3am ET (that's 9am-12am PT) you can enjoy classic episodes of Newhart, including both Thanksgiving episodes ("Don't Rain On My Parade" and "Thanksgiving for the Memories") in the 8pm ET hour. The classic 30-episode marathon concludes with one of the best series finales ever, "The Last Newhart." If you're a new fan thanks to WGN and have not seen it yet, then I won't spoil it.
Newhart starred Bob Newhart and actress Mary Frann as an author and his wife who owned and operated a historic inn located in a small Vermont rural town that was populated by eccentric characters. The show aired on the CBS from 1982 to 1990, and was Bob Newhart's second hit sitcom.
View the Newhart episodes airing in this Thanksgiving Day Marathon. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we announce what WGN America will air on Christmas Eve/Day...it will be lots of classic holiday episodes. They also have a classic series marathon, similar to Newhart, planned on New Year's Eve/Day...so stay tuned for that info also in the coming weeks!
In other WGN America programming news, ALF will not be airing Monday nights 9-10pm ET anymore starting Nov. 24, it will however still remain on the very strong Sunday line-up.
Remember you can catch Newhart every Sunday night on WGN America's Outta Sight Retro Night in the 8pm ET (5pm PT) hour.

Sci Fi Channel has picked up rerun rights for two short-lived series from Warner Bros. Television. They have picked up ABC's one-year-wonder Invasion from 2005-06 TV season and CBS's one-year-wonder Moonlight from this past season, 2007-08.
Invasion was one of my favorite series in 2005-06 and it told the story of the aftermath of a hurricane in which water-based creatures infiltrate a small Florida town and begin to take over the bodies of the town's inhabitants through a cloning process (first by merging with and then unknowingly replacing them). Eddie Cibrian and William Fichtner starred.
Moonlight had a huge cult following yet CBS canceled it. The series follows private investigator Mick St. John who was turned into a vampire by his bride Coraline on the couple's wedding night fifty-five years earlier. In the present day, he struggles with his love for a mortal woman, his friendship with Josef Kostan, and his dealings with other vampires in Los Angeles.
Sci Fi Channel will air both series back-to-back on Friday nights starting Friday, January 23, 2009. Invasion will air Fridays at 8pm ET and Moonlight will air Fridays at 9pm ET...low and behold that was Moonlight's night and time on CBS! Fans will certainly be pleased...too bad new episodes can't be made.
Don't forget to tune in to the Mork & Mindy all-day, day after Thanksgiving marathon on Sci Fi Channel on Friday, November 28!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

WGN Edits Schedule and Adds ALF, Legal; Schedule Updates for TV One, The N ; 90210 Gets Full Season; Nick at Nite's Fido Awards Gets Willard As Host

It's a very busy Tuesday here at SitcomsOnline!
WGN America has edited their fall schedule again. They will make a few changes to their weekend line-up this week (Sept. 27-28). On Saturday, September 27, at 6pm ET they will premiere Boston Legal leading into the White Sox game at 7pm ET. On Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11am-12pm ET will be two episodes of Funniest Pets & People for his week only. Now at 12 noon ET, WGN America will air Boston Legal every week. Following Legal, will be two episodes of Whacked Out Sports at a special time from 1-2pm leading into the regular season finale for the Chicago Cubs. Beverly Hillbillies Sunday airings will move to 1-2am ET, following the Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie hours.
So what will happen regularly? Originally starting Saturday, October 4, NewsRadio was slated to join the WGN America line-up airing Saturdays 6-7pm ET followed by two Becker episodes from 7-8pm ET on Saturdays. Now NewsRadio won't be airing at all. Becker will slide to that 6-7pm ET timeslot on Saturdays followed by Boston Legal airing Saturdays at 7pm ET. On Sundays, as mentioned earlier, Boston Legal will air at 12 noon ET. The Cosby Show will be replaced on Sundays from 6-7pm with ALF, as ALF joins the regular line-up! The '80s comedy will actually launch Wednesday, October 1 from 8-10pm ET with a four episode block, for that week only. However, ALF will air on Mondays from 9-10pm ET as well starting Monday, October 6! So, Sundays 6-7pm ET and Mondays 9-10pm ET starting Oct. 5 and 6 for ALF. Also, on Sundays, as mentioned earlier, Beverly Hillbillies will move from Sunday daytime to 1-2am ET Sunday night. What a sitcom block on WGN from 5pm-2am on Sundays (with a break for news at 10-11pm ET), with Coach, ALF, WKRP, Newhart, Honeymooners, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie & Beverly Hillbillies!
Finally, starting Monday, November 3, weekdays 1-2am ET has changed a bit. Reno 911 is now 5 days a week rather than just airing 5 times on Fri/Sat nights. Corner Gas will move to 1:30am ET, as Becker will leave late nights but will still air weekday afternoons at 4pm ET and Saturday evenings from 6-7pm ET. Reno/Corner will follow The Bob and Tom Show at midnight ET weekdays starting Nov. 3. And the Saturday night midnight ET airing of Reno 911 will be another episode of The Honeymooners instead starting November 8, since Reno 911 will be airing weekdays. So, The Honeymooners gains another slot (it already airs Sundays 9-10pm ET).
I suggest you view the FULL WGN America Fall schedule so you don't get confused. We're not done with WGN America, as in the coming days or weeks we will announce what is airing on Halloween for a marathon!

TV One has made a few schedule changes. Beginning on Monday, September 29, the TV One primetime schedule will make a few adjustments. In the 9:30pm weeknight timeslot, TV One will now air the sitcom For Your Love replacing All of Us which has moved now to 10pm. Also beginning that week, the Friday night 4am timeslot will now be an additional airing of the animated comedy series The PJs. However, from Monday, October 6 and continuing through Thursday, October 9, that late night 4am timeslot will also be The PJs preempting All of Us for this week only. Also, the previously announced "Living Single: Celebrity Edition" marathon on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 11am, will now include an encore airing of Living Single: The Reunion Show, which reunites the cast from the classic hit sitcom.
TV One has pulled the launch for short-lived sitcom South Central. The sitcom was slated for a launch marathon on Saturday, October 18, but now movies will air instead that day. It will definitely air at a later date. The TV One programming and marketing group decided that they had too many other things to promote this fall, and they wanted to be able to give it the attention they think it deserves. We will of course let you know when it is scheduled again. So, yes, it won't air regularly on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 6pm either. Instead we will get two back-to-back episodes of fellow short-lived sitcom Where I Live starting Sunday, Oct. 19 airing Sundays 6-7pm and Saturdays 11am-12pm. Where I Live was previously scheduled to air Saturdays 11:30am and Sundays 6:30pm following South Central.
Moving on to The N...we mentioned Saved by the Bell was pulled last week and now a week later, it's back! The show is now airing weekdays at 3:00pm & 3:30pm starting immediately. Also, from 4-5pm two episodes of H2O is replacing two episodes of Kenan & Kel, which goes off the schedule. And from 5-6pm two episodes of Unfabulous replaces to shots of All That, which also is off the line-up now. Degrassi is back on The N with a weekend marathon from Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5. The show will air all day on those three days from 6am-6am, except 12-2am when That '70s Show airs. Degrassi returns for an all-new season the week after on October 10 at 8pm with an one-hour season premiere as Mia's got a new friend, a new guy, and maybe even a job as a model -- if she's willing to do what it takes to beat the competition. The season premiere will be followed by the season premiere of South of Nowhere at 9pm. If that weekend marathon was not enough, the week of October 6 will see more Degrassi. Degrassi will air Monday, October through Thursday, October 9 from 6am-10am, 3-6pm, and 2-6am. And all day on Friday, October 10 leading up to the season premiere.

The CW's drama 90210, quickly becoming one of the most popular series among young women, has been picked up for a full season of episodes even before it aired an episode during the actual TV season which started Monday.
The two-hour debut of 90210 on Sept. 2 shattered ratings records for The CW Network, becoming the highest-rated series premiere in the network's history with women 18-34 (4.5/12), adults 18-34 (3.1/9) and adults 18-49 (2.6/7). The 90210 series opener on Sept. 2 led The CW to become Tuesday's #1 network in all key demographics. With a double airing of the 90210 premiere during the opening week (Tuesday and Thursday), 12.7 million viewers watched all or part of The CW's highly anticipated new series. Facing increased competition, the most recent telecast of 90210 scored week-to-week gains in target demos, including 6% in women 18-34 (3.3/10), 14% in adults 18-34 (2.4/7) and 3% in total viewers (3.3mil). In addition, the series debut of 90210 added over a third more viewers in target demographics with Live-Plus Seven Day DVR viewing included.
While it is off to a good start, I think The CW should have waited until at least after today to announce it has picked up the back nine. The first Tuesday of the season is tonight, so it would have been wise to see how it would do tonight in the actual season.

A blues-singing beagle, a bull dog who can skateboard and flush the toilet on command and a Jack Russell terrier who can jump rope and walk up steps backward are among the semifinalists as the final round of voting begins for the top six pups who will compete for the champion title on the First Annual Worldwide Fido Awards, airing in primetime, Sunday, Oct. 5, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite.
The one-hour special event hosted by actor/comedian Fred Willard (Best in Show) will showcase the six Fido finalists and best of WorldwideFido.com's user-generated videos, where one lucky dog will ultimately be crowned the 2008 Worldwide Fido winner. Fans can vote now on http://www.worldwidefido.com to determine the finalist in each of the six categories, including "Cutest Dog," "Best Dressed," "Best Voice," "Most Outrageous," "Best Trick" and "Dog/Owner Look-Alike." Popular dog trainer-to-the-stars Tamar Geller will serve as one of the judges, while one very special dog will be presented the "Hero" Award, to honor invaluable services provided to humans. The show will also feature pooch performances throughout the evening.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Maverick and Bret Maverick Reruns to Encore Westerns; Nick at Nite Latin America Adds New Shows and Look

The Encore Westerns channel will be adding the classic TV western Maverick to its line-up beginning July 4 with a 12-hour marathon beginning at noon – airs each hour, on the hour. The series ran from 1957-62 starring the legendary James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore. Maverick will then join the Classic TV Westerns blocks on Encore Westerns beginning on Monday, July 7 that includes The Gene Autry Show, Bat Masterson, The Big Valley, The Rifleman, Cimarron Strip, and the 1998 Magnificent Seven. Encore Westerns had aired other TV westerns in the past such as the early seasons of Gunsmoke (Marshal Dillon) and Alias Smith & Jones.
Maverick will air weeknights at 6:00 p.m. ET and Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. ET beginning July 7.
Then coming in August, Encore Westerns will add the short lived series Bret Maverick (1981-82) to Saturdays at 11:35am beginning August 2 replacing Cimarron Strip. We will have more on that when available, but Bret Maverick has the return of James Garner as Maverick. Returning to the role that made him famous, James Garner is once again Bret Maverick who has decided to settle down in the town of Sweetwater, AZ. Now Maverick must learn to get along as the Wild West is tamed by modern civilization.
Discuss the addition of Maverick and the revival series Bret Maverick on our westerns message board where you can also find all the airtimes of the TV westerns on Encore Westerns. Saddle up, pardners!

It's been a few years since the launch of Nick at Nite Latin America, and we brought that news to back then, now they have announced a new look with some new shows as well. They (Nickelodeon Latin America) are launching a refreshed image campaign for the family-programming block Nick at Nite Latin America, complete with new promos, IDs, fillers, bumpers and classic series.
The logo for Nick at Nite Latin America has been changed to orange to complement Nickelodeon's overall look and feel, just like how it is in the U.S. now. The block also features new on-air elements such as IDs, fillers, bumpers and menus, with a complete overhaul of all current promos and creative graphics. The changes are also reflected on Nick at Nite Latin America's section within the Nickelodeon Latin America website.
Along with the revamped image, Nick at Nite Latin America will feature new series, including Kenan and Kel, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Get Smart...just in time for the new movie. Get Smart will get a weekend marathon this weekend on Nick at Nite Latin America. Too bad no one in the United States is doing this! These join classic series already airing in the block such as Clarissa Explains It All, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Growing Pains, The Munsters, The Addams Family, and ALF.
These shows will only available to the Latin American countries and not in the U.S., I remind you.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

WGN America Schedules '80s Week; Remembering Mark Tuttle

As we previously posted about WGN America doing a '70s week a few weeks ago and adding a weekly Sunday night block, we also hinted at a planned '80s week in July. Now we have full details on WGN America's Outta Sight Retro Nights Week: A Flashback to the '80s. The week-long event airs Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11, 2008 from 8-10pm ET (5-7pm PT) each night that week.
Kicking it off on Monday that week is the '80s hit ALF featuring the loveable alien. On Tuesday of that week, Michael J. Fox brings his classic '80s sitcom Family Ties to WGN that week...sha la la la! On Wednesday of that week, WGN America goes to the movies with two showings of the '80s blockbuster hit E.T. The Extra Terrestrial from 8-10:30pm ET and again from 10:30pm-1am ET. On Thursday the 10th, WGN America will show off one of its own regular shows, the all-time classic The Cosby Show starring the legendary Bill Cosby. Finally, the Friday airing that week will be more four episodes of the Tanner family and ALF. These shows are not going to air in the regular line-up on WGN America, except for of course The Cosby Show, which has been airing for some years now.
For episode info for this week and to discuss this '80s week (July 7-11), head on over to our message boards!

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

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

FX Fall 2007 Schedule, Malcolm Joins Line-Up; New Series Jury Duty Has Classic TV Stars

FX this September will have some changes. But first lets get some highlights out of the way. Original series Damages will get a Labor Day Marathon on Monday, Sepember 3 from 3pm–8pm. FX will air five hours featuring episodes 1 through 5 of the series.
Then on Monday, September 10 from 12pm-8pm, FX wil launch the newly acquired sitcom Malcolm in the Middle with an 8 hour marathon. The newly acquired series will air Monday-Friday in the daytime throughout the week.
FX doesn't really have a set schedule, as most of their series like That '70s Show and King of the Hill can jump around and air anytime. But for the most part, the new schedule will start on Tuesday, September 11, a day after the Malcolm launch marathon. The FX weekday schedule starts at 7am with back to back Malcolm in the Middle, followed by double shots of Dharma & Greg and Spin City. At 10am it will be the FX mid-morning movie. At noon we get a double take of Married with Children, followed by two episodes of King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, and That '70s Show. At 5pm a movie airs until 8pm, unless a movie is only 2 hours, then the movie starts at 6pm. If that is the case, then from 2-6pm we get an hour each of That '70s Show, Malcolm, King of the Hill, and more That '70s Show. At 8pm we get another movie. At 10pm we get original series such as Damages & Sunny in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with That '70s Show on Mon, Wed, & Fri. 11pm will see a mix of original repeats. Midnight will have either movies or original encores. 1am sometimes will have filler programming such as Fear Factor and Married...with Children. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Practice will be relegated to weekends only from 7-9am. Movies will air the rest of the weekend with orginal encores late at night at times.

Jury Duty, the first-run court syndicated series from Radar Entertainment presided over by Judge Bruce Cutler and featuring three celebrity jurors coming this Fall, has signed on tons of classic stars to be jurors. Look for Ed Begley, Jr. (St. Elsewhere); Alexandra Paul & Traci Bingham (Baywatch); comedians Bruce Villanch, Elaine Boosler, Phyllis Diller and Paula Poundstone; Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes), JM J. Bullock (Too Close For Comfort); Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat); Martin Kove (Cagney & Lacey); the legendary Debbie Reynolds; Tracy Scoggins (The Colbys); Charlene Tilton (Dallas); Jimmie Walker (Good Times); Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough); Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island), Liz Sheridan (ALF), James Avery (Fresh Prince) and Growing Pains kids Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller. For more on Jury Duty, which debuts on Sept. 17 go to juryduty.tv.
For those of you in the NYC market, you can catch the series on WPIX this September, but will have to set the VCR or TiVo as it will air 5 days a week at 4:30am!

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