Thursday, April 01, 2010

No Foolin' ABC Family Brings Back Boy Meets World, 7th Heaven; Modern Family Wins Peabody

Today is April Fools' Day, but we are not going to fool around here! As much as we would like to fool around with you, we take news very seriously around here. Especially TV schedule updates. Today we have a big update for ABC Family! Just the other day we said 8 Simple Rules would be leaving starting April 5, and that is still true, but now more changes are being announced! These changes are starting Monday, April 12, though. Two shows are returning to ABC Family, while two series are leaving. First up, in a surprise addition, ABC Family has re-acquired the '90s sitcom Boy Meets World and will air it weekdays back-to-back in the 7am hour, replacing Sister Sister, which is now gone. ABC Family has not aired Boy Meets World since September 2007 as that is when the contract expired. But now after almost 2 1/2 years, the sitcom is back on ABC Family! As for Sister Sister, it will be off the line-up, but will still remain on The Gospel Music Channel (they have been airing it since Aug. 2009) and it also pops-up from time to time on BET, as they have been airing it on and off since July 2009. ABC Family has been airing Sister Sister since June 2007. We'll let you know if and when it returns.
Also returning to the ABC Family schedule is 7th Heaven after over 2 years of being off the line-up. 7th Heaven will also return April 12 airing weekday mornings at 11am, replacing the daytime airing of Gilmore Girls. ABC Family lost rights to the series in Jan. 2008 when The Hallmark Channel obtained rights, but it seems ABC Family has re-acquired it. And it doesn't seem Hallmark will be removing it when ABC Family starts it again, so it looks like another shared deal. And if that's not all Heaven for you, the series will continue to air on WGN America weekday mornings at 9am.
One more change is that since Heaven is replacing Gilmore Girls at 11am, that airing of Gilmore Girls will move to 4pm starting April 12, replacing an hour of What I Like About You, which will be off the line-up again. This means Gilmore Girls will now air back-to-back at 4pm & 5pm starting April 12. As for What I Like About You, it has been airing on ABC Family since Jan. 2008 (with an hiatus or two mixed in). We're not sure when it will return, but you can still watch it on TeenNick (which has been airing it since Jan. 2009).

ABC's Modern Family has added another award to its mantle--a Peabody Award! This wily, witty comedy puts quirky, contemporary twists in family ties but maintains an old-fashioned heart. The 69th annual awards honoring the best in electronic media for 2009 were announced yesterday by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Fox's rookie Glee also took home a Peabody. Dependably tuneful and entertaining, the musical dramedy that revolves around the motley members of a high-school choral club hit especially high notes with episodes such as "Wheels," about the daily struggles of a wheelchair-bound singer.
Among the other winners were the ABC News special - A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson's interview titled - An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Read the full list of recipients for The 69th Annual Peabody Awards.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

USA Network Fall 2008 Schedule; Lionsgate To Release Many ABC Studios DVDs

Continuing our look at the fall 2008 cable schedules, we now take a look at USA Network's September 2008 fall schedule. They have been airing Navy NCIS and House once a week, but now they both will be available for daily play on the network. House will launch first with a marathon on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9am-11pm and Sunday, Sept. 7 from 3pm-4am. House will air weeknights at 8pm, except on Tuesdays it will air9 and 10pm. Then NCIS will get a three day launch marathon the next three days, Sept. 8-10 from 6am-7pm ET/PT. USA Network will have a lot of marathons the first few weeks of September, as other ones are the countdown to the 100th episode of Monk continues, from Sept. 1-5, as the 100th episode airs on Sept. 5. A marathon of Burn Notice will air on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6am-6pm, followed by a stack of House from 6pm-10pm leading into a new episode of Burn Notice. A Psych marathon will air on Friday, Sept. 12 from 6am-4pm leading into another House stack from 4-9pm which will lead into the season finales of Monk and Psych. The next day on Saturday, Sept. 13 a NCIS marathon will air from 4-11pm and a House stack again on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 7p-12a.
Then starting Monday, Sept. 15 the regular schedule finally begins. Changes include the 8am airing of JAG being replaced by Monk, as Walker Texas Ranger moves to 9am. Monk's afternoon airing is now 2pm, followed by back to back Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 3 and 4pm. Navy NCIS will air weeknights at 5 and 6pm, followed by Law & Order: SVU at 7pm. SVU will also air Tuesdays at 8pm, while House will air weeknights at 8pm except Tuesdays at 9pm, as we mentioned.
View the full USA Network September 2008 fall line-up and also discuss it.

Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and Disney-ABC Domestic Television have entered into an agreement where Lionsgate obtains the home entertainment distribution rights (DVD rights) to select primetime series and library titles from ABC Studios.
The first programs to be released under the new agreement – popular current ABC sitcom According to Jim: Season One, starring Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith and one-hour current The CW series Reaper: Season One – will be available on DVD on October 21 and November 4, respectively. The agreement also encompasses other popular sitcoms and dramas including Hope & Faith (Kelly Ripa, Faith Ford), 8 Simple Rules...for Dating My Teenage Daughter (John Ritter, Katey Sagal, David Spade), Boy Meets World (Ben Savage, Rider Strong), October Road (Tom Berenger, Bryan Greenberg), Kevin Hill (Taye Diggs), My Wife & Kids (Damon Wayans), Six Degrees (Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Erika Christensen), and more.
So what does this all mean? Well, first of all let me explain what ABC Studios is. ABC Studios is the studio that produces Touchstone Television/Buena Vista television shows, so it is not necessarily all ABC network shows. Reaper is produced by ABC Studios but airs on The CW. Kevin Hill was a drama on UPN but was produced by ABC Studios. Lionsgate has reached a deal for select ABC Studios series for DVD rights. No, that does not mean ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment will not release any more DVDs, as they will still continue to release well over 40 ABC Studios series each year such as Desperate Housewives, Lost, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Samantha Who, Scrubs and many others. Lionsgate primarily will release the series that are not in production anymore, but of course a few are going to be released that are in production (like the aforementioned According to Jim & Reaper).
I don't have a full list of shows yet that Lionsgate acquired for DVD rights from ABC Studios other than those listed above like 8 Simple Rules, October Road and Boy Meets World. Speaking of those three, I am told Lionsgate will continue where Buena Vista Home Entertainment left off, so 8 Simple Rules & October Road will start with Season 2 and Boy Meets World with Season 4. I am hoping Lionsgate also acquired classic ABC Studios series not on DVD such as Empty Nest, Nurses, Blossom, and short lived stuff like The Golden Palace, Thunder Alley and The Sinbad Show. Notice most of those were not on ABC but they were produced by ABC Studios (Touchstone Television). Once I have a full list of what Lionsgate has acquired, I will let you all know, unless TVShowsonDVD.com posts it first. So stay tuned to us and/or TVShowsonDVD.com for details. Just to reiterate...if a show aired on ABC in the past like Family Matters or Step by Step, which were both produced by Warner Bros., that will not be available for Lionsgate because they were NOT produced by ABC Studios...only those series produced by ABC Studios/Touchstone Television could be available.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Nick at Nite Details Home Improvement and George Lopez Launches; Disney Channel Fall and Some Lifetime Changes

This September, Nick at Nite brings two of America's favorite family comedies to living rooms across the country when award-winning series, Home Improvement and George Lopez join the networks' Fall line-up.
Home Improvement, starring America's #1 family movie star Tim Allen, premieres with a seven-day marathon on Monday, September 3 running through Sunday, September 9 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (ET/PT). Tim Allen will host the week-long marathon for one-hour every evening from 9-10 p.m. offering viewers a look at his favorite episodes with anecdotes from behind-the-scenes of the celebrated series.
George Lopez, starring famed comedian George Lopez, promptly follows the week after, premiering Monday, September 10, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The executive producers of The Drew Carey Show -- Bruce Helford, Academy Award(R) winner Deborah Oppenheimer and Robert Borden -- team up with superstar actress/producer Sandra Bullock for this comedy loosely based on Lopez's own experiences as a Mexican-American native of Los Angeles.
We will have more on Nick at Nite September very soon!

Disney Channel has released their fall line-up, which starts on Sept. 4, and it looks like there will be no Boy Meets World! The sitcom will be leaving the line-up after its August 31 airing. The sitcom also airs on ABC Family currently, and they also will remove it after that day. So, it seems to me that maybe the contract expired? We will try to find out. In case anyone is wondering the full schedule, I won't detail it here, but you can view the complete schedule HERE! Yes, it still has your favorite Disney tween sitcoms like Hannah Montana, That's So Raven, The Suite Life, Cory in the House, etc.
Disney is coming off a historical weekend when the TV movie sequel High School Musical 2 poured in a basic cable record of 17.2 million on Friday! I suggest you read about that here because this is TV history.

Lifetime has moved around their once a week repeats of current dramas once again. Grey's Anatomy now airs Saturdays at 11PM ET/PT and Desperate Housewives follows at 12AM ET/PT. Medium now airs Sundays at 11PM ET/PT.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

ABC Family Makes September Changes, Boy Meets World Dropped; ION Acquires 48 Hours Mystery

We mentioned a few weeks back that ABC Family Channel will not be making any changes in September. Now they are. They will be making some last minute changes. The weekend morning schedule starting September 1 will be changing a bit. Sister, Sister joins the weekend line-up airing Saturdays and Sundays from 8-9am. Step by Step and Full House will thus move up an hour each at 9-10am and 10-11am, replacing Boy Meets World which was at 10-11am on weekends. That's not all the bad news for Boy Meets World fans...it will also be removed from the weekday line-up starting Wednesday, Sept. 5 from its 3-4pm slot, replaced by more Full House. So, August 31 is the last airing as of now. Has the show's contract expired? Maybe, I'm not sure, but it might not be either since it was originally listed in the September schedule. Did ABC Family forget to just remove it and noticed they had it on the schedule? Who knows. I'll see what I can find. Boy Meets World also airs on the Disney Channel, but I'm not sure yet if it will remain in September there either. I'll find out. Anyway click HERE to discuss and read the changes.

ION Television today announced a multi-year acquisition deal with CBS Television Distribution to air the highly rated, hour-long television news program, 48 Hours beginning in the fourth quarter of 2007 airing weeknights.
Hosted by Erin Moriarty, one of the veteran CBS News correspondents, the newsmagazine blends real-life news events with expert storytelling, shedding new light on true-crime cases and examining issues facing everyday Americans. Under terms of the agreement, previously aired installments of 48 Hours will be updated with new graphics and wraps by Ms. Moriarty, who will provide the audience with new findings in ongoing investigations. Ms. Moriarty has been a correspondent for 48 Hours since June 1990 and has a law degree. She previously had been the consumer correspondent for CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News.
So this show will be added probably in October, I'd say, which will be this fall. Let's hope this means ION expands a bit, at least in the afternoons, say Mon-Thurs 3-6pm, and adds more classic sitcoms that we have been waiting for like Perfect Strangers, Diff'rent Strokes, Silver Spoons and the return of sitcoms like Alice & Growing Pains. We don't want to lose out by adding 48 Hours, which will more than likely be sometime between 6-11pm.

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