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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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ION Television February 2010: My Name is Earl on Weekends; USA Network Acquires CSI Starting Dec. 2010, Exclusive Rights Start Sept. 2014

ION Television has done very well in the ratings, especially in primetime, that they haven't made many schedule changes to their schedule lately. In February 2010, they will add two new shows to their line-up, while one show leaves. First off, they will add My Name is Earl to its weekends line-up whenever a movie doesn't start at 3pm. The series starts Saturday, Jan. 30 in the 3pm hour. It will also air Feb. 7 at 3pm, Feb. 13 from 3-4pm, Feb. 21 from 3-4pm, and Feb. 28 from 3-4pm. So it isn't anything regular, which is strange. It is replacing Family Feud at these times, but that show airs weekdays from 5-7pm anyway. I think ION is probably limited to airing My Name is Earl on weekends because broadcast stations are also airing the series on weekdays as is TBS on cable. It seems weird that it is only airing on weekends, though.
As for weekdays, starting Feb. 1, weekdays in the 4pm hour will now be back-to-back episodes of the court show Texas Justice, replacing Reba, which is now gone totally. Texas Justice was a court show which had cases that were judged by Larry Joe Doherty. The program was recorded at the studios of Fox station KRIV (Channel 26) in Houston, Texas. The series lasted for 4 1/2 seasons in syndication from January 2001 until it was cancelled in September 2005. Reba will remain on cable in Lifetime, so it isn't totally gone from television at least. No word when or if Reba will return to ION.
Other ION February 2010 notes includes a M*A*S*H sighting! But it is only one airing on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3pm with the episode "The Pilot" airing. Strange, but at least an episode is airing. Movie premieres for ION in February are Basic, Twisted and Elopement. Movies encoring are Unbreakable, Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, City of Angels, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Guarding Tess, and The Pelican Brief.
View the full ION Television February 2010 schedule and highlights.

USA Network has acquired the rights to reruns of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for its second cycle. Under the agreement, USA will have non-exclusive rights to seasons 1-10 beginning December 2010 (shared with Spike TV). Starting Fall 2011, USA will also have the exclusive off-network rights to premiere CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 11 and beyond. Beginning September 2014, NBCU shall be the exclusive home of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as Spike TV loses the rights to the series. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will be available to air on other NBCU owned networks like Bravo. Sources close to the deal say USA is paying in the neighborhood of $500,000 per episodes for the CBS TV Studios-produced show.
CSI will join the rerun rose of NCIS, JAG, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, House, and more. NCIS spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles is also set to make USA its rerun home in Fall 2011 airing weekly then weekdays by Fall 2013. With a lineup of originals led by Monk, Psych, Burn Notice, Royal Pains, & White Collar that continues to set ratings highs, USA was No. 1 basic cable network in 2009 in the 18-49 demo, increasing 29% from 2008.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Blog DVD Review: CSI - The Ninth Season (9/1)

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the weekly Blog DVD Reviews. This week we head out West to Las Vegas for CBS DVD's C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation - The Ninth Season. This season starred William Petersen (for the first 10 episodes), Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne (starting with episode 9), George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall and Lauren Lee Smith. See my Blog DVD review of C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation - The Ninth Season:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Ninth Season

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Ninth Season (CBS DVD/Paramount Home Video, $98.18)

Follow the evidence... again and again. Television's number-one drama continues to deliver as LVPD's brilliant forensics team encounters their greatest challenges yet in the stunning ninth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Watch and learn as the team wrestles with death, destiny and inner demons. This must-own collection includes the historic departure of Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and the much-anticipated arrival of Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne).

This 6-disc set contains all 24 episodes from the ninth (2008-09) season of the long-running crime drama. The episodes are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen enchanced for 16:9 tvs with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio. It has a total running time of approximately 17 hours, 22 minutes. The attractive packaging has profile photos of Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen on the front cover with the Las Vegas skyline in the background. There is an embossed CSI: Crime Scene Investigation logo at the top of the box. Nine cast members are featured on the back of the box with the largest photos of William Petersen and Laurence Fishburne. A short synopsis of the set, a listing of the special features and the DVD specs are given. The inside case is in a book format that you can flip through to get to the discs. There is a montage of various photos of the cast on the front and back covers. A content locator lists the episodes by disc and the special features on the inside cover. Each disc lists the episodes and has the CSI logo and a green background. These sets have retained consistent packaging, while CSI: Miami and CSI: NY have switched to slimcases. They also still include the Crime Scene: Do Not Cross tape around the packaging. That is always a nice touch.

The menus on these sets have always been very slick looking and easy to navigate. There is a series of 5 minutes of previews for some other CBS DVD releases that you can play or skip at the beginning. The main menu opens with a view from a bus on the street. This leads to a montage of video clips that run a little over a minute with some of the wonderful instrumental music by composer John M. Keane in the background. Options are avaiable for Episode Selection, Set Up and the Special Features (on select discs). On the Set Up menu, you can choose either Dolby Digital 5.1 English Surround or Español. Closed captioning is available for all of the episodes but some of the special features may not be closed captioned. As you would expect from such a recent show, the video and audio quality is outstanding. The show looks stunning and even better on Blu-ray. They do a lot of nighttime shooting and make the show look dark and like a theatrical film. There is no disclaimer on the back of the box about any of the episodes possibly being edited. Episodes are presented in their original broadcast order and numbered by the production number, which was the same order for this season. Running times are between 42-44 minutes in length.

A decent number of special features are spread out over the 6 discs. Once again, there are only 2 audio commentaries on this set like last season. They have really cut back on the number of them from previous seasons for all of the CSI franchise shows. There are 4 features that total approximately 78 minutes. Deleted scenes are included for 6 episodes and run approximately 9 minutes. A pop-up style text information track is available on one episode. Here is the breakdown by disc:

Disc 1
Episode 902 "The Happy Place" - Deleted Scene (2:00) - A scene with Wendy Simms and Detective Williams questioning the pit boss, Randy Hopper.

Crime Scene Iniation (14:43) - This featurette includes interviews with William Petersen, Executive Producer Naren Shankar, Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Eric Szmanda, Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne, George Eads, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Lauren Lee Smith and Paul Guilfoyle. This details the two new cast members that were brought in for this season. They talk about how Laurence Fishburne was cast, about the character he was playing and how they wanted him to be different than Grissom. Then they talk about how Lauren Lee Smith was cast, her character and her relationships with the other characters.

Disc 3
Episode 909 "19 Down..." - Deleted Scenes (1:30) - 3 short scenes: 1) Greg and Conrad talk. 2) Hodges and Simms talk. 3) Greg and David Phillips examine the plastic bag contents with an x-ray machine.

Episode 911 "The Grave Shift" - View the episode in CSI Mode (Comprehensive Scientific Information Mode) - This has some pop-up style information boxes that give information on forensic science. It would be interesting to have these and general trivia tracks on more episodes.

Disc 4
Episode 914 "Miscarriage of Justice" - Deleted Scene (:42) - A scene with Catherine in the court room with the lawyers and judge.

Episode 916 - "Turn, Turn, Turn" - Audio Commentary by Actor George Eads, Actress Taylor Swift and Writer Tom Mularz - Taylor Swift makes her primetime television acting debut. Over 20.8 million viewers watched.

Disc 5
Episode 920 "A Space Oddity" - Deleted Scene (3:15) - Simms and Hodges talk at the convention and the murdered victim is discovered.

Episode 920 "A Space Oddity" - Audio Commentary by Executive Producer & Writer Naren Shankar, Actor Wally (Wallace) Langham, Actress Liz Vassey, Writer Bradley Thompson, Writer David Weddle, Actor John Wellner, Actor Archie Kao and Actress Sheeri Rappoport. The annual lab rats episode is always a fun time and the commentary is lively and entertaining.

Episode 920 "A Space Oddity" - Rats in Space (27:18) - This featurette incldues interviews with Naren Shankar, Jon Wellner, Walalce Langham, Sheeri Rappaport, Liz Vassey, Supervising Producers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle, Archie Kao, Director Michael Nankin, Set Decorator Erin Smith, Lead Buyer Adam Braid, Property Master Michael Lindsay, Special Effects Make-Up Matthew Mungle, Department Head Make-Up Melanie Levitt and Costume Designer Eileen Barker. This details the annual lab rats episode, which also has an audio commentary available. This episode dealt with a real murder at a science fiction convention. They talk about the challenge in writing the episode, how this was an ambitious and complicated episode with a lot of production value, the sci-fi convention set and other sets they created, the props, the alien heads and make-up and how they made costumes for 60 people.

From Zero to 200 in Nine Seasons (18:54) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Executive Producer Naren Shankar, Director William Friedkin, Producer Dustin Abraham, Laurence Fishburne, George Eads and Robert David Hall. This extra celebrates and details the 200th episode "Mascara". It was directed by William Friedkin and dealt with the Lucha libre and Mexican wrestling. They talk about how they cast real wrestlers, the location shooting and sets and working with William Friedkin. There is also some footage shown from the 200th episode press/cast party where Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker and Jerry Bruckheimer speak.

Disc 6
Episode 921 "If I Had A Hammer" - Deleted Scene (1:25) - A scene with Conrad and Catherine.

Episode 922 "The Gone Dead Train" - Deleted Scene (:47) - A scene with Ray and Nick.

Good-bye Grissom (17:37) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Executive Producer Naran Shanka, William Petersen, Jorja Fox, George Eads, Marg Helgenberger, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda, Wallace Langham and Robert David Hall. They talk about how it was set up that William Petersen was going to leave after 10 episodes and his reasons for wanting to do other things that weren't possible while doing a weekly series. They talk about Grissom's and Sarah's relationship and how the other characters as students no longer needed a teacher. Then they show how each character got to say goodbye to Grissom and some footage from Petersen's farewell parties are shown.

Final Comments: It was another sad and stunning season of CSI. William Petersen's Gil Grissom was always my favorite character, so seeing him leave the show was emotional. The show has lost 3 major cast members over the last few seasons. It has some lost a lot of the magic of the earlier seasons with so many likable characters departing. I think Laurence Fishburne is a great actor, but the character he was playing was just too inexperienced as a criminalist. I know they wanted him to be a completely different character than Grissom, but I think making him a complete rookie was a mistake. I'm sure many die-hard fans didn't want to see some of the same newbie forensic gathering techniques that they saw in the first season. Other cast members like Marg Helgenberger and George Eads seemed to have less to do than in earlier seasons. Lauren Lee Smith's Riley character brought some more youth and spunk to the show, but she was really never given much to do and won't be back for the tenth season. The show is still doing well in the ratings and has some good seasons left, but I hope they can go back to having it being more of an ensemble show with everybody as a true team and involved in each episode. I look forward to the tenth season premiere on September 24. Jorja Fox will be returning as Sara Sidle for 5 episodes.

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
(4/5 stars)

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Spike TV Fall 2009 Schedule; Summer 2009 TCA Tour: Fox

We continue our look at Fall 2009 schedules and today it is Spike TV's turn. Spike TV will continue to air nothing but CSI and CSI NY on the regular schedule until Sept. 28. Starting Sept. 28, as of now, Married...with Children will return to the schedule airing weekdays 9-11am. Currently it was only airing Sunday mornings because of the CSI daily marathons. A double shot of Spike's Most Amazing Videos will air at 11am and 12pm. CSI NY follows at 1pm and 2pm, with CSI at 3pm and 4pm. We get yet more CSI NY at 5pm and 6pm and yet more CSI at 7pm and 8pm. From 9pm-1am we get originals, movies and other various programming.
Late nights will have the returns of Star Trek: Voyager and Unsolved Mysteries airing at 1am and 2am respectively. However, these will be only Mon-Wed nights as movies and originals air Thursday and Friday nights. Also airing Mon-Wed nights is Spike's Most Amazing Videos at 3am.
View the full Spike TV Fall 2009 schedule. As always with schedules, especially from Viacom, it could change...so stay with us.

Fox is up today at the summer 2009 TCA press tour. Among the key announcements so far are:
Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay is bringing his culinary expertise to homes across the U.S. as he invites viewers to cookalong with him from the comfort of their own kitchens during Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live. Based on the U.K. smash hit, Ramsay will star in a live one-hour special airing Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed where he'll be giving America a one-on-one cooking lesson, providing viewers with a real-time demonstration and step-by-step instructions on how to cook a delicious three-course meal in just 60 minutes and he's going to do it all LIVE.
In addition to the previously announced seventh season order, Fox has picked up an eighth installment of Hell's Kitchen, the sizzling series that puts aspiring chefs through a rigorous culinary boot camp as Ramsay searches for the one worthy of a life-changing grand prize.
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Anne Hathaway, Jackie Mason, Neve Campbell, Chris Martin, Sarah Silverman, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Bob Costas, Chuck Liddell, Angela Bassett and the late Eartha Kitt are among the guest voices on the upcoming 21st season of The Simpsons. Also, beginning Monday, Nov. 9 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 15, fans can watch Fox shows to find Simpsons 20-year tributes and clues featured in primetime programming and in on-air promos. Viewers who spot the clues can log on to fox.com for an opportunity to win daily prizes and to enter to win an ultimate grand prize. Additional details to be announced.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Lifetime Fall 2009 Schedule; Nick at Nite, Spike TV, ION Changes Starting Today

Welcome to our annual look at the Fall 2009 schedules for cable networks! We launch our fall schedule barrage with Lifetime's Fall 2009 schedule! Their schedule will launch on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 with a totally different weekday line-up! In the 8am hour now will be Less than Perfect and Will & Grace, replacing an hour of Still Standing, which is now totally gone. In the 9am hour we now have Frasier replacing an hour of Less than Perfect. Reba moves to 10am-12pm replacing an hour each of Frasier and Will & Grace. Wife Swap block now moves to 12-3pm instead of 2-6pm, replacing Desperate Housewives. Housewives moves from 12-2pm to 3-5pm leading into the two new additions to weekdays--Grey's Anatomy and Medium! Grey's Anatomy will air weeknights at 5pm & 6pm and late nights at 1:30am. It will also have a weekly airing on Mondays at 11pm. Medium will air weeknights at 7pm & 8pm and will also air in primetime on Tuesdays at 9pm and 10pm. Late nights will still have Will & Grace at 11pm-12am & 1am on most nights and Frasier in the 12am hour on most nights.
Original series wise, Lifetime will continue to air new episodes of Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives on Sundays starting at 9pm with many encores following and during the week and on Thursdays we have Project Runway and Models of the Runway starting at 10pm with also many encores following. The Sunday dramas will last into October, while the Thursday reality will last into November. Coming in October to Mondays will be original sitcoms Rita Rocks for a second season and the new original sitcom Sherri. They premiere Monday, Oct. 5 and we will have more on those soon.
How I Met Your Mother is moving from Mondays 7-8pm to Saturdays 1-2am. Looks like it didn't do well in the ratings? Sitcoms Still Standing and Cybill will totally be off the line-up.
View the full Lifetime Fall 2009 schedule. And stay with us for the next few weeks each weekday for more fall schedules! TCA tour is also on the horizon! Busy, busy time of year!

We have many schedule changes beginning today. First off, Nick at Nite will edit their schedule a bit. Starting tonight, Mon-Thurs, The Nanny will now air in a three-hour block from 11pm-2am. The 12am hour replaces Malcolm in the Middle and the 1am hour replaces Family Matters, which shifts over to 2am, replacing The Nanny. So now Mon-Thurs have three big marathon blocks of George Lopez from 9-11pm, The Nanny 11pm-2am, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 3am-6am. The only non-marathon block is Malcolm in the Middle from 8-9pm and Family Matters 2-3am. Wouldn't it be better if Family Matters was 1-3am and The Nanny just 11p-1a?
On Fridays, The Nanny will also take over the 12am hour replacing Malcolm in the Middle, so Malcolm will now not air on Friday nights at all. On Saturdays though, it will air in the 10pm hour and 12am hour, in between The Nanny at 11. On Sundays Malcolm will remain at 12am.
View the full schedule starting tonight (Monday, July 27, 2009). And stay tuned for Nick at Nite's August 2009 highlights still. They still haven't fully announced it.

Next up we have minor changes for Spike TV and ION Television. Well Spike TV is not that minor, but we only care about Married...with Children. Spike is removing that from the weekday line-up, and replacing it with all day CSI and CSI NY marathons. This week it is all CSI from 9am-8pm from Mon-Thurs and Spike's Most Amazing Videos on Friday. CSI NY is mixed in next week from 9-11am Mon-Thurs. Married...with Children will still air Sundays 9am-10:30am and at times 1-2am. When will it return to weekdays? We are not sure yet. It could even move back to TV Land? We'll certainly let you know first, so stay with us!
Finally, the last major change starting tonight is for ION Television. They are removing NCIS and replacing it with movies starting tonight. NCIS was airing Monday nights back-to-back from 9-11pm. It is unclear why they are removing NCIS because it was their highest rated program by far. Maybe they are saving it for September when they can air it more? We're not certain, but we'll let you know if it is returning when we announce their full fall line-up. We hinted at their fall line-up on Friday. For now, view the movies airing Monday nights and more in their updated August 2009 schedule. Monday movie premieres include Matrix Revolutions and Matrix Reloaded.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

CBS Season Finale Dates, Time Shifts; ABC Family Upfront, Sister Sister Reunion on Roommates April 13

CBS has announced its season finale dates for its regular season programming. But before that, they have scheduled a couple of special encores and special airings.
On Monday, April 20 at 10:00PM we get a special encore of The Mentalist at a special night & time. Then on Tuesday, April 21, at 8:00PM we get a special encore of The Big Bang Theory on a special night followed by a special encore of Two and a Half Men at 8:30PM on a special night & time. This means NCIS and The Mentalist will move to special times of 9PM and 10PM on this date only, but they will be encores as well, preempting a scheduled repeat of Without a Trace. Then the next night, on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00PM will now be a repeat of Criminal Minds instead of a new one, but the scheduled new episode will now be at a special time of 10:00PM on the same night, preempting CSI: NY, which was scheduled to be all-new, too. Why are they trying all this? Not sure, could it be tests to see how they do in other timeslots?
That's not all! On Monday, May 18 at 8:00PM we get a special all-new episode of Rules of Engagement at a special time. The show will also air in its
its normal 9:30pm time on this date as well, which is the season finale. Earlier this week I was wondering where its 13th episode would be placed, now we got that answer with that special 8PM slot on May 18. And we also got our answer of what will air on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00PM since Old Christine/Gary Unmarried would be finished by May 13. A special all-new Criminal Minds will air at a special time, which is part one of the season finale, leading into part two at its regular 9:00PM time.
OK, now lets move on to the CBS season finale dates. Cold Case has a two-part finale airing on two weeks, Sunday, May 3 and Sunday, May 10 at 9PM. Sunday, May 10 also as the season finales of The Amazing Race at 8PM and The Unit at 10PM. The next night, Monday, May 11, The Big Bang Theory wraps up its 24-episode season with a season finale at 8PM. On Wednesday, May 13, as we previously stated, Old Christine & Gary Unmarried have their season finales at 8:00PM & 8:30PM. The next night, Thursday, May 14, will be the season finale of CSI at 9PM. The next night, Friday, May 15, will have the season conclusions of all the Friday shows: Ghost Whisperer, Flashpoint, and NUMB3RS. On Sunday, May 17, CBS hands the night over to the finale of Survivor: Tocantins from 8-10PM, followed by the Reunion Show. On Monday, May 18, we have the season finales of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami from 8:30-11PM. On Tuesday, May 19
, the Tuesday crime dramas all have their finales: NCIS, The Mentalist, and Without a Trace from 8-11PM. On the final day of the season, Wednesday, May 20, we have a two-hour season finale of Criminal Minds from 8-10PM, followed by the season finale of CSI: NY at 10PM. There you have it, all the CBS finale dates in the regular season!

Earlier this week ABC Family announced their 2009 summer schedule and fall/winter premieres at its Upfront presentation in New York. The network's slate includes three new original series, returning hits, original movies and blockbuster theatrical acquisitions. The network finished 2008 as its best year on record, and the first quarter of 2009 just wrapped as the best quarter in its history.
Make It or Break It is a one-hour scripted drama, created and written by Holly Sorensen. Sorenson and Paul Stupin serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Steve Miner. Set in the world of competitive gymnastics, Make It or Break It follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight. The cast includes Peri Gilpin and Candace Cameron Bure both make a return to series television in starring roles. Make It or Break It premieres Monday, June 22 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family has ordered 10 episodes.
Then we have two new original comedies. 10 Things I Hate About You is a half-hour, single-cam comedy with director Gil Junger (who also directed the feature film of the same name) and executive producer and writer Carter Covington. Inspired by the hit movie, the Stratford sisters, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin), are two very different people, which is evident as they start at their new high school with very contradictory goals. Kat is a strong-willed, in-your-face feminist looking to save the world and get out of high school as fast as she can. Bianca is a social butterfly carefully maneuvering the minefield of high school popularity. Can each sister find happiness after getting off to a very rocky start at new school Padua High? The original series will also star Larry Miller, who reprises his film role as the girls' over-protective father, and Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) has been cast in the role of 'Patrick' (portrayed by Heath Ledger in the 1999 film). 10 Things I Hate About You premieres on Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00PM ET/PT. ABC Family has also ordered 10 episodes for this series.
Ruby & the Rockits is an ABC Studios half-hour multi-cam comedy executive-produced by Shaun Cassidy and Marsh McCall. Ruby & the Rockits follows Patrick Gallagher, a former teen idol who has chosen to lead a quiet life with his wife and two sons. But when his former Rockits band mate and brother, David, shows up unexpectedly with his new-found teenage daughter in tow, the Gallagher family's life becomes anything but normal. David, who refuses to give up his past glory days, comes to Patrick for help in raising Ruby while he continues to perform. Patrick must now put the past with David behind them in order to help raise Ruby and keep order within the rest of the Gallagher clan. The pilot was directed by Ted Wass. Alexa Vega, Katie Amanda Keane, Austin Butler, Kurt Doss , and former teen idol David Cassidy star. Ruby & the Rockits premieres on Tuesday, July 21 at 8:30PM ET/PT with a 10 episode order.
ABC Family thus far hasn't had much success with original sitcoms Roommates and Sophie, so we don't know if we will see more of those yet. Speaking of Roommates, Tim Reid guest stars this Monday, which marks a mini Sister, Sister reunion! Reid once again will play the father of Tamera Mowry, who plays Hope on the sitcom. Hope relies on more fabrications when her father shows up in "The Break-In," an all-new episode of Roommates, premiering on ABC Family on Monday, April 13 at 9:00PM ET/PT with guest star Tim Reid (Sister, Sister). Hope's father (Reid) comes to town for a surprise visit and quickly realizes that his daughter's life is in shambles and decides it is time for her to move home. In an effort to prove that her life isn't as big a mess as he thinks, she ropes Mark into pretending to be her boyfriend. She may not have a great job, but she is in "love." Can Mark use his acting skills to help Hope pull off yet another one of her lies or will Hope be on her way home with her father when all is said and done?
Additionally, three of the network's one-hour original series will mark their returns: The one number hit series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which finished the first quarter of 2009 as cable's No. 1 original series in Viewers 12-34 and Females 12-34, will launch its second season on Monday, June 22, at 8:00PM ET/PT. 12 of the 24 episodes for the season will air in 12 straight weeks, with the midseason finale on Sept. 7. The critically acclaimed and NAACP Image Award-winning Lincoln Heights will premiere its fourth season on Tuesday, August 4 at 9:00PM ET/PT for 10 more episodes. And the third season of Greek will premiere on Monday, September 14 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Currently Greek is finishing up its second season order, which concludes on June 1, before 10 more episodes come in September for season three.
As far as movies go, Warner Bros. Pictures' Academy Award-winning (Best Animated Feature Film) Happy Feet will make its basic cable premiere on ABC Family in June 2009 (after making its broadcast debut on Friday, May 8 on ABC). The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia.
The network will also present the original movie premiere of Labor Pains, starring Lindsay Lohan, on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Chris Parnell, Cheryl Hines, Luke Kirby, Kevin Covais and Janeane Garofalo also star. Legally Blondes, will be premiering on Sunday, August 2 at 8:00PM. Actress Jenny McCarthy will star in the network's new original holiday movie, Santa Baby 2, with Paul Sorvino and Dean McDermott. The movie will premiere in December during ABC Family's 12th annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming event which will feature over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1- 25. In addition to Santa Baby 2, the network will feature classic holiday favorites such as Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Frosty's Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. ABC Family will also present the basic cable premieres of DisneyPIXAR's Academy Award-winning (Best Animated Feature Film) RATATOUILLE and Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. And again this year, Christmas comes early with "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas," which adds 16 additional days of holiday programming.
There were no sitcom or off-network series acquisitions details, so looks like nothing major is coming...or it is not ready to be announced yet.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving; Marathons on TV This Holiday Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We thank you for visiting us on this special day and every other day. We also are very thankful that you all continue to visit every single day and making this blog a huge success. We get thousands of visitors every day (even on weekends). So, we thank you for the growth each year! It is simply amazing.

Before we let you all go back to your families, we want to let you know the marathons on TV you and your family might want to watch during the day and after Thanksgiving dinner.
We have told you about many of the sitcom related marathons already. We were the first ones to tell you about them, too. WGN America has a Newhart marathon on Thanksgiving Day from 2pm-3am. TV Land has its annual Overstuffed Weekend with I Love Lucy and The Cosby Show on Thanksgiving Day and Night, with many other sitcoms from Friday-Sunday. TBS has a marathon of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 9am-3pm today, while tomorrow (Friday) Sci Fi offers up an all-day event of the classic Robin Williams sitcom Mork & Mindy from 8am-6am! BET has a holiday weekend filled with marathons of One on One, The Parkers and Steve Harvey Show starting on Friday. So yeah we told you about all these already many moons ago. But there are of course more!
Other sitcom related marathons include The N's all Drake & Josh weekend starting at 3pm, you can eat bananas while watching G4's Arrested Development marathon starting at 9am, FX will give us a marathon of the late Bernie Mac on his sitcom Bernie Mac on Friday, and Disney Channel will have marathon blocks of their sitcoms all this weekend of The Suite Life, Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place.
Non-sitcom wise, of course you will have CSI marathons all over the place. CSI: NY gets the full day treatment on Thanksgiving Day on Spike TV, A&E will have a CSI: Miami marathon on Friday, while Spike TV offers up a CSI vs. CSI: NY marathon. What no James Bond movie marathons on Spike this year? Not to fret, Sci Fi Channel will have some today, before they air Mork & Mindy on Friday. Other notable marathons on Thanksgiving Day include Goof Troop on Toon Disney, The Closer on TNT, House on USA Network and Rocky movies on Versus. Friday's notables include Beverly Hills 90210 on SOAPnet, The Starter Wife on USA Network, and Monty Python's Flying Circus on BBC America. And it seems like Fox Reality is airing Hell's Kitchen all weekend and the same goes true for Fox Movie Channel with Planet of the Apes movies. Sorry no Law & Order series, except for Criminal Intent on Sunday.
And don't forget my pick of the night, tonight at 8pm on ABC the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I watched it Tuesday and will watch it again tonight. Can't get enough of old Chuck! If you haven't see it already, view our 2008 Network TV Holiday Specials and Movies Guide, so you don't miss anything on network TV. Also our ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule, because that is the place to be this holiday season with classics like Mickey's Christmas Carol, A Garfield Christmas and Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too!
And for more marathons this weekend we did not list, head on over to the Interesting Pile blog.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

2008 Network TV Holiday Specials; TV Land Schedule Changes Includes Paid Programming?; NBC Kills Crusoe to Saturdays

Can you believe the holiday season is nearing? Thanksgiving is this week, which means Christmas is right around the corner! And then it will be 2009 a week after that. Time flies! Anyway as I mentioned, I have put together our annual network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, MyNetwork TV) holiday specials list that we all like to watch every year like Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas, new classics like Shrek the Halls and we even get some new specials this year like A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. Sure the network holiday line-ups are not as detailed as some cable networks like ABC Family, but the main holiday specials are still on network television! These are just actual holiday related specials and movies, not movies or specials airing during the holiday season on broadcast network television:

ABC
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/This is America Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers
Thursday, Nov. 27, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/This is America Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers ENCORE
Friday, Nov. 28, 8-10pm: ABC Friday Movie of the Week: The Polar Express
Monday, Dec. 1, 8-9pm: Shrek the Halls and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 8-9pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Friday, Dec. 5, 8-10pm: ABC Friday Movie of the Week: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live-action)
Monday, Dec. 8, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 8-9pm: America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Special
Saturday, Dec. 13, 8-9pm: America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Special ENCORE
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9-11pm: ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Surviving Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 14, 8-10pm: ABC Sunday Movie of the Week: The Santa Clause 2
Monday, Dec. 15, 8-9pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas ENCORE
Saturday, Dec. 20, 8-9pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown ENCORE
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11pm: ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Monday, Dec. 22, 8-8:30pm: Shrek the Halls ENCORE
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 8-9pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated, expanded edition)
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 8-9:30pm: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown and Rudolph's Shiny New Year
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on ABC, view our schedule.

CBS:
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 8-9pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Friday, Dec. 12, 8-9pm: Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns
Friday, Dec. 12, 9-10pm: The Flight Before Christmas (NEW!)
Saturday, Dec. 20, 8-10pm: CBS Saturday Movie: Elf
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 8-9pm: 10th Annual Home for the Holidays with Faith Hill
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on CBS, view our schedule.

NBC:
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 8-9pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Friday, Dec. 5, 8-9pm: Greatest Holiday Moments: TV & Film Countdown
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 8-9pm: Little Spirit: A New York Christmas
Friday, Dec. 12, 8-9pm: Greatest Holiday Moments: Songs of the Season Countdown
Saturday, Dec. 13, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8-9pm: A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (NEW!)
Friday, Dec. 19, 8-10pm: Greatest Holiday Moments: TV & Film Countdown and Greatest Holiday Moments: Songs of the Season Countdown
Monday, Dec. 22, 8-9pm: Greatest Holiday Moments: Hilarious Home Video Countdown
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 10-11pm: Greatest Holiday Moments: Hilarious Home Video Countdown
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on NBC, view our schedule.

Fox:
None
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on Fox, view our schedule.

The CW:
Friday, Dec. 5, 8-9pm: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Friday, Dec. 5, 9-10pm: The Story of Santa Claus
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on The CW, view our schedule.

MyNetwork TV:
Saturday, Dec. 6, 8-10pm: MySaturday Night Movie: Miracle on 34th Street
Monday, Dec. 8, 8-10pm: MyMonday Night Movie: Blizzard
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 8-10pm: Olive the Other Reindeer and Santa's Funniest Moments
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 8-10pm: MyWednesday Night Movie: Home Alone
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 8-10pm: Soul of Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8-10pm: Christmas is Here Again and Santa's Funniest Moments
Thursday, Dec. 18, 8-9pm: Wrestlemania Holiday Special
Monday, Dec. 22, 8-10pm: The Spirit of Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 8-10pm: MyTuesday Night Movie: Babes in Toyland
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on MyNetwork TV, view our schedule.


TV Land has edited their line-up a bit effective immediately. I announced the changes on Saturday on our message board, but in case you didn't see that...they are adding Paid Programming from 5am-7am on weekday mornings. It started today. No reason was given and it will last at least until the end of December. So, this means Star Trek is off the regular schedule, but it will air sometimes on Thursdays at 7am. M*A*S*H will air every other weekday in the 7am hour, followed now by a full-hour of Night Court at 8am. Back-to-back sitcom episodes will last until 1pm with Sanford & Son, The Jeffersons, Good Times and I Love Lucy from 9am-1pm. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be indeed staying at 1pm on weekday afternoons. The other changes are in primetime. After The Cosby Show block from 8-10pm, we now will get Scrubs from 10-11pm as 3rd Rock from the Sun moves to 11pm-1am, with a four episode block now. M*A*S*H will assume the 1am hour now while Three's Company moves up an hour to 2-3am. The 4-6am block of Designing Women, Mad About You, Murphy Brown and Just Shoot Me will all move up an hour to 3-5am, as mentioned Paid Programming will assume the 5-7am hours now.
Weekends will not see many changes, but I advise you to view our one-time-only schedule dates for November and December. You can see the full list of changes starting Nov. 24 in the November highlights, too.
The Beverly Hillbillies only airs on weekends now, primarily on Sundays from 12-4am...view our highlights for details. And yes, there is NO paid programming on Saturdays and Sundays. Paid Programming is just weekdays. If you notice on the December highlights, the last three days of December, the paid programming will be 6-9am instead of 5-7am. Not sure if that will continue into January or not, but we'll let you know soon.
In the November schedule highlights, you'll notice the Thanksgiving marathon has been edited a bit, with CSI now included in the marathon this Saturday and Sunday night in primetime. CSI was originally supposed to air this week in the 11pm-1am hours, as it did last week, but TV Land has decided to air them in holiday weekend marathon block instead. After that, CSI will not be scheduled on TV Land in the near future, unless another schedule change happens.

Effective Saturday, December 6, struggling Friday drama Crusoe will move to Saturdays at 8:00pm ET/PT. It aired its last Friday airing this past Friday at 9pm and it continued to bomb for NBC. Six episodes still remain, so NBC will have to deal with more bad ratings until then, unless they pull it. It'll of course do worse on Saturdays, but NBC was airing low-rated Knight Rider repeats in the Saturday slot anyway, so expectations are lower.
Because of the change, Fridays will see newsmagazine Dateline added, but not in Crusoe's slot. Dateline will air Fridays at 10pm against ABC's 20/20, while current 10pm slot holder Lipstick Jungle moves to Fridays at 9pm. Don't understand that move. Dateline would be better at 9pm, as Lipstick Jungle is also doing terrible and is on its last four episodes, so that series will air its last episode on Jan. 9. NBC has not announced what will happen to Fridays after that. In fact, NBC will likely see many changes in January and the rest of midseason, and we'll let you know as soon as we do. The schedule NBC announced last April for this winter is of course going to change, so I don't understand why NBC announced it last April in the first place.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hallmark and TV Land Make Schedule Changes; ABC and Fox January News

Hallmark Channel has made a schedule change that will start this coming Monday (November 10). Cheers will leave the line-up from 4-5pm and be replaced with more Little House on the Prairie. So, this means Cheers only lasted two weeks in its weekday slot with a second Little House returning to the hour. As of now, Cheers is totally off the line-up, because if you all recall when Cheers started on weekdays, its weekend airings were removed.
We will keep you up to date if anything else comes out of this, but as of now, no more Cheers on Hallmark. If I were to guess, it could return in January when they launch I Love Lucy. This network has had trouble launching sitcoms besides M*A*S*H, which is a shame because they have two coming in 2009 (I Love Lucy, Golden Girls).

As for TV Land, we already told you about the late afternoon change that started this past Monday (Nov. 3) with Hogan's Heroes at 4pm and Leave it to Beaver at 5pm, now more changes are happening next week. Originally we stated, Scrubs was set to move Nov. 10 from 9-10pm to 10-11pm, but it seems that is not happening. Now on that week, we will get a week-long Cosby Show marathon! The Cosby Show Marathon airs Monday, November 10 through Thursday, November 13 form 8pm-2am and Friday, November 14 from 8pm-10pm and 12am-4am (it is preempted Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10p-10:30p for Myths & Legends).
A few changes are also coming starting that week for at least the rest of November. In the 7am hour, back-to-back episodes of Scrubs will replace two episodes of M*A*S*H. So, Scrubs is out of primetime. In the weekdays at 1pm hour, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will replace Beverly Hillbillies for the rest of the month at least. And in late nights, for the week of November 10 from 2-3am will be Sanford & Son replacing Extreme Makeover: Home Edition encore (weeks of Nov. 17 and 24 it will be more Cosby Show in the hour). Finally, Three's Company is back regularly starting Nov. 10, at least for the rest of November, airing weeknights from 3-4am ET/PT!
So what will happen to TV Land PRIME after Cosby Show's marathon week? Cosby Show will now air 8-10pm from Mon-Sat for at least through the end of November, with 3rd Rock from the Sun now staying in its 10-11pm Mon-Thurs slot. Replacing Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 11pm will be ... CSI, from sister station Spike TV (which airs it at 3pm and 8pm weekdays)! CSI will also air at 12 midnight, replacing M*A*S*H. This is for at least the rest of November (weeks of Nov. 17 and 24), we do not know yet if CSI will still be airing in December. For the final two weeks in November at least, this is how TV Land PRIME looks: 9PM Cosby Show, 10PM 3rd Rock from the Sun, 11PM CSI. With more Cosby Show leading in at 8PM and more CSI leading out at 12AM, as Scrubs and Home Edition are relegated to daytime...again for at least the end of the month.
So it seems M*A*S*H is not airing AT ALL the final two weeks of November and Beverly Hillbillies has been reduced to weekend blocks and in the Thanksgiving marathon. I don't expect CSI to air beyond these two weeks, but we'll see. Will these changes be in effect in December? We shall soon find out!
For now, view the full updated TV Land November 2008 schedule, so you don't get confused.

ABC has released part of their January plans. They have released Mondays. Originally it was supposed to be True Beauty (new Ashton Kutcher/Tyra Banks produced reality show) from 8pm-9:30pm followed by The Bachelor from 9:30-11pm. Now it will be The Bachelor from 8-9:30pm, followed by sitcom Samantha Who? staying put at 9:30pm despite no Dancing and True Beauty in the 10pm hour. This new night will launch Monday, January 5. On that date The Bachelor will have a two-hour premiere leading into the premiere of True Beauty. So, Samantha Who? will air in between those two starting Jan. 12. No other ABC January details are in yet, but we could expect Lost, as last night we saw promos saying "two-hour premiere in January." If I were to guess, Lost will air on Wednesdays. Also, last night promos for unscripted docudrama series Border Security USA started playing, and we could expect that in January as well, perhaps with Lost. ABC premiere of Scrubs and animated comedy The Goode Family are among the other items that could launch in January on ABC, with on the bubble shows like Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies perhaps benched. I want to clarify, that Scrubs is not coming Dec. 2 as I mentioned earlier in the week, the original plan of According to Jim remains starting Dec. 2.
As for Fox, they have announced they will launch 24 with its usual two-night/four-hour event on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12 from 8-10pm. Then starting January 19, it will air in its 9-10pm slot. No word on what will air at 8pm, it could be new series Dollhouse though. American Idol obviously will return in January as well, perhaps Tuesday, Jan. 20. We will keep you up to date.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week 4 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did; Blog DVD Review - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season

Week 4 numbers (first three nights, Mon-Wed):
NOTE: Thursday is not in this week in our averages once again, but we do have final program numbers in the analysis below:

Households: CBS: 7.7/11.9; ABC: 7.0/10.9; Fox: 5.3/8.2; NBC: 5.0/7.8; The CW: 1.7/2.5; MNT: 0.9/1.4.
Total Viewers: CBS: 12.0 million; ABC: 10.63 million; Fox: 8.29 million; NBC: 7.86 million; The CW: 2.43 million; MNT: 1.37 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.4/8.7; NBC: 3.1/8.1; Fox: 2.9/7.6; ABC: 2.6/6.8; The CW: 1.2/3.0; MNT: 0.5/1.3.

Analysis: Week 4 saw the final Presidential Debate, but it was on Wednesday this week. I apologize for the second week in a row we only have final averages for the first three days (thru Wednesday). But I do have Thursday final program numbers and network averages, just not four day averages. I don't have time to go through and recalculate so, I'll give you the final Thursday averages in HH: CBS 9.2/15, ABC 6.9/11, NBC 5.1/8, Fox 2.3/4, The CW 2.2/3, MNT 0.6/1, so you an determine yourself. So looking at those numbers and the first three days averages on the top, for the first four days, CBS has the lead in all categories, with ABC second in all categories (but possibly third in 18-49), NBC in third in HH/viewers (but possibly second in 18-49) and Fox in fourth in all categories thanks to a terrible Thursday.
Last week, CBS won week 3 in all categories for the second straight week (ABC won the first week), ABC was second in all categories, Fox nipped by NBC for third across the board, so NBC was fourth (but it did tie Fox for third in 18-49).
Monday ABC was on top thanks to of course Dancing with the Stars. The 90-minute episode did 17.77 million and a 4.0/10 in 18-49...again down from previous week, but that was two-hours. It should start picking up again soon when we reach the halfway mark and the good dancers are left. The season premiere of Samantha Who did solid with 11.45 million. A new Boston Legal followed with 8.01 million, down from the previous week. Next up was CBS with its comedies and CSI: Miami. The Big Bang Theory did 9.34 million, just down a tad from previous week and How I Met Your Mother followed with 9.25 million, up from the previous week but the show again didn't build on the lead-in in viewers...but it did in 18-49. Two and a Half Men and new single-camera sitcom Worst Week followed with 14.72 and 9.75 million. Men was up from previous week, while Worst Week was also finally up but still lost a lot from the lead-in in both viewers and 18-49. Too bad, it is a good show. At 10pm a new CSI: Miami did 13.22 million, down again from previous week...is that new sitcom before it, it has gone down every week. NBC followed with its drama line-up. Chuck started it off with 6.17 million, up a bit from previous week, Heroes followed with 8.75 million...up from previous week's series low. New series My Worst Own Enemy premiered at 10pm with 7.27 million...not too good, but not that bad either, needs to do something similar each week to be a player. Fox was fourth with the NLCS Game #4 with 7.71 million (7.1 million in primetime)...much better than the usual live numbers for Sarah Connor and Prison Break, as both of those return tomorrow. The CW had its usual decent numbers with Gossip Girl doing a solid 3.31 million and the resurgent One Tree Hill did 3.47 million.
Tuesday it was all CBS in viewers and Fox in 18-49. CBS had the always reliable NCIS opening the night off with 18.04 million, up over a million from previous week, new drama The Mentalist followed with a solid 14.94 million and Without a Trace did a decent 11.05 million, but seems low for this show. Fox was next this week with House doing 13.27 million, followed by new drama Fringe at 9.16 million. This show is pretty disappointing, as The Mentalist is doing much better. ABC was next with the very weak Opportunity Knocks at just 5.15 million and an even worse 1.318-49 rating. ABC has pulled it and this week a Dancing with the Stars Recap Show will air instead. Dancing with the Stars: The Results followed with 14.82 million...below normal, but that horrific lead-in has a lot to do it with it. Expect a boost this week. Season premiere of one of the written series, Eli Stone did 8.39 million, but with losses in the second half-hour. Viewers need to watch. Katie Holmes guest stars this week, look for better numbers this week. NBC was fourth with a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 7.64 million, up from previous week, followed by an all-new Law & Order: SVU at 9.51 million, but it dominated the hour in 18-49. The CW aired repeats of 90210 doing 1.73 million and a repeat of Privileged did 1.22 million.
Wednesday it not a normal night as the final Presidential Debate took center stage. NBC won the coverage of the debate beating ABC, who won the previous 3 debates. CBS started with sitcoms, Old Christine did 7.61 million, up a bit from previous week and a season high again, followed by new sitcom Gary Unmarried at 7.53 million, also up from previous week and a series high again. These are slowly going up...do to lack of competition primarily. CBS missed Criminal Minds and CSI: NY big time as their debate coverage did 9.16 million, which doesn't count in the ratings...the 30-minute analysis at 10:31pm does though and it did 7.19 million only. Fox was the only network of the big four not to air the debate because of the NLCS Game #5 doing 8.08 million (but 7.49 million in primetime), as Bones and 'Til Death were preempted. ABC aired the best Pushing Daisies yet and it did 6.11 million, up week to week, but needs to do better. How good of an episode was that? Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money were preempted for the debate coverage as ABC's coverage did a solid 10.6 million, for second place, though it doesn't count in the ratings (no ads). The analysis does and it did a solid 8.86 million. NBC opened the night with the new cheesy Knight Rider doing 7.47 million...also up week to week, followed by NBC's coverage of the debate at a first place 11.3 million, as NBC won for the first time in debate numbers, but it doesn't count in the ratings. The analysis does and it did a first place 9.09 million, edging ABC. The CW had a clip show of Top Model doing 3.21 million, so obviously it was down from previous week...a repeat of 90210 followed with 1.65 million, down a bit from previous week.
Thursday CBS won again. CBS opened with Survivor: Gabon at 12.81 million, down from previous week. A new CSI followed with 19.26 million, down four million from previous week's season premiere. It dropped from a 7.1 18-49 rating the previous week to 5.2 this week, for second place. The new Eleventh Hour followed and did 11.91 million, actually up a bit week to week. How?? There was so much bad reception from viewers watching last week. I don't get it. ABC opened the night with Ugly Betty doing 8.33 million, down a bit from previous week. Grey's Anatomy followed with 14.8 million and a first place 5.9 18-49 rating. I knew it would beat CSI in 18-49, as I said last week. The second episode Life on Mars did 8.22 million, down three million from its premiere. I don't understand it at all. NBC was third with a new My Name is Earl doing 6.72, down from previous week, new sitcom Kath & Kim followed with 6.1 million, didn't build on from the lead-in like it did last week, not good so far. The Office followed with a solid 8.28 million, but down a million from previous week. The second SNL Thursday Update special did 8.83 million, down two million from previous week, but still better than NBC would have done with 30 Rock by a lot. ER benefited again from that higher lead-in and did 8.96 million, down from previous week a bit. Fox had a Thursday to forget with two episodes of Hole in the Wall at a big hole doing 3.56 and 3.7 million, losing to The CW. A new Kitchen Nightmares was a nightmare with just 3.5 million. Smallville on The CW did 4.18 million, up a bit from previous week, followed by Supernatural at a decent 3.06 million...down a bit from previous week.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but CBS won Friday with their dramas, as Ghost Whisperer did very solid as usual but The Ex-List dropped more and fell out of the lead at 9 with NBC's Crusoe premiere beating it. NUMB3RS won 10pm but again saw year-to-year declines.
Saturday numbers saw CBS win in the preliminaries overall and Fox and ABC in 18-49. NBC had terrible numbers for America's Toughest Jobs on Saturday with a prelim 2.49 million.
Tonight should be a victory for ABC Sunday (AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters) and they will win the night in viewers. CBS will be solid, thanks primarily to the NFL lead-in tonight, and NBC's SNF game will do way below normal with Seattle-Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay viewers will flock to TBS to see Game 7 of the MLB ALCS instead. Fox will air its animated comedies but should be down thanks to baseball on TBS.
As for the week, CBS should win in HH, viewers and even 18-49. ABC will be second across the board. Followed by NBC, Fox, CW and MNT. Fox's terrible numbers on Thursday will probably cost them third place. This week everything will be back to normal...no more debates. Let's see how the networks do with regular stuff in their normal nights. My pick of the week is Eli Stone with guest star Katie Holmes...I've seen it already and I'll be watching again, and so should you! Tuesday at 10/9 central on ABC!

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of October 6-12)

  • The Simpsons (Fox) - preempted for the NLCS.
  • King of the Hill (Fox) - preempted for the NLCS.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - preempted for the NLCS.
  • American Dad (Fox) - preempted for the NLCS.

Monday Sitcoms

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 9.34 million for a new episode, down just a bit from previous week. Excellent again, nothing else can be said!
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 9.25 million for a new episode, up week-to-week again, but it didn't build on the lead-in in viewers once again.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 14.72 million...up from previous week, besting any sitcom.
  • Worst Week (CBS) - 9.75 million...not good retention at all but up from previous week. But it did better than the 8-9pm sitcoms this week, after it didn't the previous week. This is a good show.
  • Samantha Who? (ABC) - 11.45 million for the season premiere for first place in its slot. 18-49 rating it did a 3.0 rating, but held more of Dancing's numbers (4.0 rating) than Worst Week did with Two and a Half Men's 18-49 numbers (5.3).


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • None.

Wednesday Sitcoms

  • Old Christine (CBS) - 7.61 million for a new episode...up a bit from previous week and a season high again. Not great, but good enough in this very weak slot.
  • Gary Unmarried (CBS) - 7.53 million, a series high again. Has gone up on all four airings.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Preempted but Fox certainly is happy it was.
  • Under One Roof (MNT) - Repeat airing did 870,000 viewers...up week to week, it aired after an all-new Tony Rock Project which did 1.04 million.


Thursday Sitcoms

  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 6.72 million for a new episode, down from previous week.
  • Kath & Kim (NBC) - 6.1 million for its second airing...down a lot from the premiere and it didn't build from the lead-in this time.
  • The Office (NBC) - New episode did 8.28 million and a solid 4.3 18-49 rating...but both down from previous week when it did one million better and .5 better in 18-49.

Friday Sitcoms

  • Everybody Hates Chris (The CW) - Final numbers are not in yet...but the prelim numbers show just under 2 million. That's the best it will do I think.
  • The Game (The CW) - No final numbers yet for Friday, but just under 2 million and it did build from the lead-in so far.

Saturday Sitcoms

  • None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) are no sitcoms.

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Samantha Who, The Office, were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Worst Week, Gary Unmarried) or just plain old terrible (such as Kath & Kim, Everybody Hates Chris).




Welcome to a special Sunday edition of Blog DVD Reviews! Today we head out west to Las Vegas for C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season. This season starred William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall. See my Blog DVD review of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Eighth Season (CBS DVD/Paramount Home Video, $84.98)

Follow the evidence... again and again. One beloved character departs--and another dies--in the shocking eighth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. This bonus-filled collection includes crossover episodes, an episode directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and CSI's most devastasting scenes ever.

This 5-disc set contains all 17 episodes from the eighth season (2007-08) plus a bonus crossover episode of Without A Trace. The episodes are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen enhanced for 16:9 tvs with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio. It has a total running time or approximately 12 hours, 12 minutes. The attractive packaging has a large photo of William Petersen (with the beard) on the front with Las Vegas in the background. At the bottom of the box, there is an embossed CSI: Crime Scene Invesigation logo. Nine cast members are featured on the back of the box with some Las Vegas hotels/casinos in the background. A synopsis of the set, a listing of the special and the DVD specs are given. The inside case is in a book format that you can flip through to get to the discs. Thee is a photo of Petersen and Helgenberger on the cover and Eads, Fox, Dourdan and Szmanda on the back. A content locator lists the episodes by disc and the special features on the inside cover. Each disc lists the episodes and has the show logo and an x-ray/fingerprint type background. It was interesting to see that they stuck to this type of packaging when CSI: Miami and CSI: NY switched to slimcases for their recent releases. They still even include the crime scene tape around the packaging. That is a nice touch.

The menus are very slick looking and easy to navigate. They have a montage of video clips that run a little over a minute, with some of the wonderful instrumental music by composer John M. Keane in the background. Options are available for Episode Selection, Set Up, Previews (only on Disc 1) and the Special Features on select discs. On the Set Up menu, you can choose either Dolby Digital 5.1 English Surround or Español. Closed captioning is available for all of the episodes. As you would expect from such a recent show, the video and audio quality is outstanding. The show looks stunning. They do a lot of nighttime shooting and make the show look dark and like a theatrical film. I did notice that there is a disclaimer on the bottom of the box that says "some episodes may be edited from their original network versions." This is the first time that I can recall such a disclaimer on any of the CSI franchise releases. Hopefully it is nothing major. While the episodes are numbered by their production number, they are presented in the order of their original airdates. Running times are between 41 and 43 minutes in length.

Once again, there is a nice amount and variety of special features. Unfortunately, there are only 2 audio commentaries on this set compared to 7 from last season. That seems to be a recent trend on the CSI franchise releases. There are 6 featurettes that total approximately 63 minutes. A bonus crossover episode of Without A Trace is included. Here is the breakdown by disc:

Disc 2
Without A Trace episode: "Where & Why" (42:56) - This crossover episode aired after the CSI episode "Who & What" on November 8, 2007. It was nice that they were able to include this episode, since Warner Bros. doesn't seem very interested in releasing this excellent series on DVD. It's too bad CBS decided to move it again to another night. I think it's a perfect fit airing after CSI.

Disc 3
Commentary on "You Kill Me" by Writer/Executive Producer Naren Shankar, Wallace Langham, Liz Vassey, Archie Kao, Sheeri Rappaport and David Berman - The "Lab Rats" return from last season on this funny and lively commentary.

Commentary on "Cockroaches" by Director William Friedkin, William Petersen and Writer Dustin Abraham - William Friedkin and William Petersen reunite for this episode. Friedkin helped launch Petersen's career by giving him the lead in To Live and Die in L.A. in 1985.

While The Cast's Away, The Rats Will Play (13:58) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Writer Doug Petrie, Archie Kao, Executive Producer Naren Shankar, Wallace Langham, Liz Vassey, Jon Wellner, Gerald McCullouch, Paul Guilfoyle, George Eads, Sheeri Rappaport and David Berman. This featurette focuses on the episode "You Kill Me." This was the 9th episode of the season and aired on Thanksgiving night. It had a lot more humor than the typical episode. There was a similar "Lab Rats" episode last season. This is a nice companion featurette with the audio commentary.

William Friedkin: A Different Take (9:28) - This featurette includes interviewss with William Petersen, Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Paul Guilfoyle, Director William Friedkin, Producer/Writer Dustin Lee Abraham and Gary Dourdan. It focuses on the "Cockroaches" episode. They talk about how the idea was pitched to Friedkin, the mob storyline and finding the strip club location.

Disc 4
Deleted Scene for "Grissom's Divine Comedy" (2:16) - A funny scene where Catherine goes to Grissom's house and does a little snooping and investigating. It was probably just cut for time, so it is nice that they were able to include it on the DVD.

Disc 5
So Long, Sara Sidle (15:20) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Executive Producer Naren Shankar, George Eads, William Petersen, Jorja Fox, Robert David Hall, Marg Helgenberer and Gary Dourdan. Among the topics covered are how they wanted to give her a dignified and graceful exit, how Jorja Fox originally got the part, her character, her favorite part of the show and what she will miss the most. There are some clips shown from previous seasons and some behind-the-scenes shots from her last day of shooting. They obviously left open the possibility of her returning for more episodes. She's already been in the first couple of episodes this season but probably not many more when William Petersen departs the show.

What Happened In Vegas... (21:12) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer Naren Shankar, Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, Gary Dourdan, William Petersen, Paul Guilfoyle, George Eads, Marg Helgenberger, Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall. This provides a good overview of the eighth season. They talk about how the end of season seven defined the eighth season, their first cliffhanger with Sara trapped under the car, the 7 episode goodbye Sara arc, Sara and Grissom's relationship, Warrick's divorce and personal drama, the Lou Gedda/mob storyline, Brass' character, Nick's maturation, how they keep it fresh, and how they always find new and exciting ways to kill people.

Shot In The Dark (9:22) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer/Director Kenneth Fink, Director of Photography Nelson Cragg, Directory of Photography Nathan Hope, and Co-Executive Producer/Director Richard J. Lewis. They talk about the look of the show, how they give it a theatrical look with the lighting, how the look has evolved, how shooting at night takes a lot of planning, making Los Angeles look like Las Vegas, and their favorite part of working on CSI. Each of the looks on the CSI franchise shows is unique, but the original is still my favorite.

TOD: A Bug's Life (21:33) - This featurette includes interviews with Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, William Petersen, Dr. M. Lee Goff - Director of the Foresnic Sciences Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu, Dr. Neal Haskell - Associate Professor - Dept. of Biology at St. Joseph's College, Dr. Richard W. Merritt - Chairperson - Dept. of Entomology at Michigan State University and Olivia Klosternan - Student at St. Joseph's College. It focuses on forensic entomolgy, which is the application and study of insect and other arthropod biology to criminal matters. They talk about Grisson being an entomologist, the various techniques of how they study the decomposing of bodies and the sequence of colonization of bugs over time, how it is difficult for them to identify specific times of death and that's it's not an exact science, and the future of forensic entomology. They show various pig farms at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Michigan State University and in Renesselaer, Indiana. Some fascinating stuff. Gil Grissom's interest in bugs is not really a huge part of CSI, but it's always fun and interesting when they go back to it from time to time. Various clips from previous CSI seasons are also shown.

Final Comments: It was a sad and shocking season of CSI. First, we saw Jorja Fox's Sara Sidle depart from the show after a 7 episode story arc. Then we saw the shocking shooting of Gary Dourdan's Warrick Brown character in the season finale. The strike definitely hurt their momentum, as they made only 17 episodes this season compared to 24 in season seven. This season really had a bit of everything with a sad goodbye, some humorous episodes, an entertaining crossover episode with Without A Trace, and a shocking season finale. It remains the best crime drama on television.

This is another very good release, but I think it's a little overpriced because there were only 17 episodes this season. They cut back on the commentaries from 7 to only 2 this season. There are still 6 featurettes, but they around 30 minutes shorter than the previous season. You are basically paying the same amount as previous seasons to get less material. CSI is still going strong, but I wonder how many major characters they can continue to lose and still continue to draw a huge amount of viewers.

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
(4/5 stars)

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Happy Labor Day! Time for Marathons

Happy Labor Day everyone! As with every major holiday, we will give you the marathon round-up for this day! We'll start with what else? Sitcoms! If you start to stray away from the annual Labor Day Jerry Lewis telethon...turn to laughs. We previously mentioned all these sitcom ones and a few other non-sitcom ones, but we'll remind you of them again! Starting at 10am TBS has a marathon of Tyler Perry's House of Payne episodes through 8pm. TV Land will have an I Love Lucy marathon in the morning followed by the launch of Scrubs with a marathon from 4pm-11pm as the show joins the network's schedule. The same will go for My Wife & Kids, as it will also join the line-up today on ABC Family from 12pm-10pm on ABC Family. Join Martin, Tommy, Gina, Cole, and Pam as TV One presents a Labor Day Martin marathon that will have viewers on the edge of their seats with the Martin Labor Day Cliffhanger marathon from 10am-6am. Head back to the '70s on FX with the That '70s Show marathon on FX from 7am-5:30pm. And finally kids can tune into the kids sitcom Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney from 2-9pm.

Non-sitcom marathons include a Monk marathon from 6am-7pm on USA Network. Lifetime will bring us an Army Wives marathon starting at 12 noon with a 10-hour run of the series that starts with Denise bonding with a wounded soldier who leaves his motorcycle to her. Sci-Fi has a Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon from 8am-11pm. Starting at 8am, solve some mysteries with Jessica Fletcher on the Murder, She Wrote marathon on The Hallmark Channel. Whammy up on GSN with the Press Your Luck marathon starting at 9am. It's a CSI battle on A&E and Spike TV with A&E having a CSI: Miami marathon starting at 12 noon and Spike TV having the original CSI starting at 9am. TNT will have a marathon of its mega-hit original The Closer with a marathon that starts at 9am on TNT. And Beverly Hills 90210 will have "The BFF's of 90210" marathon on SOAPnet starting at midnight through midnight tonight.

Other marathons include G4's Cops marathon, TCM's courtroom movies marathon starting at 6am, Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations marathon starting at 9am, Food Network's Unwrapped stunt starting at 12 noon, National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer marathon also at noon, Bravo has a Project Runway marathon at 3pm, MTV has yet another America's Next Top Model marathon, and Discovery Channel will get into dirty jobs with a Dirty Jobs marathon from 9am-11pm.
I'm sure there are more, but these are the notables ones, we think.

Enjoy the day and see you tomorrow as we get back into the news!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

New York City Locals Fall 2008 Update; TV Land Airs Special CSI Promotion Stunt

Today we are giving you an update for New York City's local channels for Fall 2008. The number one market and the best market--New York! And I'm in that market! Anyway, we primarily are covering WNYW, WWOR and WPIX, though. Let's start with WNYW. WNYW is going to be adding just one new series on weekdays and that is a veteran court series coming over from WNBC. Judge Joe Brown will move from WNBC to WNYW and will air weekdays at 3pm. Other weekday changes for WNYW is the second run of Tyra Banks Show at 10am replacing Montel Williams, which has ended. WNYW or WWOR will not air the Best of Montel package being offered to stations this fall. At 12 noon TMZ's encore will air replacing Judge Hatchett's third-run. Now Judge Hatchett has also ended and will still be available in repeats this fall, and WNYW will air the repeats at 12:30pm. The next change is the aforementioned Judge Joe Brown at 3pm replacing two Judge Hatchett episodes. The next change is at 12 midnight, with Scrubs replacing the TMZ encore. Then at 12:30am That '70s Show slide up a half-hour as well, replacing Scrubs. Finally, two episodes of King of the Hill will air from 1-2am coming over from WWOR, replacing That '70s Show and Bernie Mac. As for weekends, WNYW will add a few series. E/I series Real Winning Edge and Whaddyado? will air in the Saturday 12pm hour replacing Beakman's World. American Idol Rewind is moving from WPIX to WNYW/WWOR this fall and WNYW will air it Saturdays at 4PM. Among off-network dramas, House will air on Saturdays at 5PM. Finally, family-friendly comedy series Bananas will join WNYW airing Saturday nights at 1am. Leaving the WNYW weekend line-up is the syndicated series Masterminds.

Moving on to WNYW's sister station, WWOR now. First off, they will add three new shows to the weekday line-up: Family Court with Judge Penny, Trivial Pursuit and the sitcom House of Payne. They will air a second episode of One on One now at 7:30am, so the sitcom will air 7:30am and 8am now. 7:30am airing replaces That '70s Show. That '70s Show will move to 8:30am, replacing Still Standing. While the 9am hour will now also have sitcoms, with Scrubs and Still Standing airing replacing People's Court, which slides to 10am replacing Divorce Court. And you guessed it, Divorce Court will move to the 11am hour replacing Judge David Young as he will go to 12 noon now replacing the secondary Tyra Banks Show run. As I mentioned, that secondary run is now on WNYW at 10am, but the first run of course is still 5pm on WWOR. Anyway, 1-2pm will see the new court series Family Court with Judge Penny replacing Montel Williams. At 2pm, back-to-back episodes of the new game show Trivial Pursuit will try to do better than the canceled Temptation. The next change doesn't happen until 6pm. King of Queens will move to 6pm and 6:30pm replacing Inside Edition & Everybody Loves Raymond. Airing in Queens' old slot of 7pm and 7:30pm will now be the sitcom House of Payne. Everybody Loves Raymond will now air back-to-back in the 12am hour, as the 12:30am airing will replace Malcolm in the Middle. Finally on weekdays, the 1-2am hour will be Bernie Mac and Malcolm in the Middle replacing King of the Hill, as we mentioned already that hour moves to WNYW now. As for weekends, they have quite a few series coming. American Idol Rewind will also air on WWOR airing Saturdays at 7pm. American Chopper will air Saturdays at 11pm. On Sundays, the weekend plays of House of Payne will air Sundays in the 5pm hour. Then airing at 6 and 7pm will be Boston Legal and House. Quite a few weekend series will leave WWOR: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek, and Girls Behaving Badly.

View the full WNYW and WWOR Fall 2008 Schedules to see the entire picture.

We now move on to WPIX. We don't have their full fall schedule just as of yet but we know what is coming and what is leaving. Their weekday line-up will not change much, but coming weekdays from 1-2pm will be new court series Judge Karen replacing the canceled Judge Maria Lopez. Then The CW Daytime line-up from 3-5pm has been altered starting Sept. 22 with All of Us, What I Like About You and Reba leaving in favor of new court series Judge Jeanine Pirro and veteran sitcoms The Jamie Foxx Show and The Wayans Bros.. These shows are not just WPIX, they will be on all CW affiliates under the CW Daytime brand from 3-5pm. Coming to WPIX on weekends are Star Trek (from WWOR) and Stargate Atlantis (also from WWOR). Later in the fall, starting Sept. 1, Saturdays at 8pm and 9pm will have the new first run syndicated series Legend of the Seeker from Disney-ABC Television. Leaving WPIX are Jury Duty, The Shield, Soul Train, and the old CW Daytime shows mentioned. We are not expecting any changes really to WPIX's weekday early evening sitcoms (5-8pm) or late night sitcoms (11pm-3am), but we will let you know as soon as we know on our message board.

As for other stations in New York, they don't usually make many changes. WNBC will probably make the most changes from the rest of the batch. This fall WNBC will be adding the new syndicated talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show airing at 2pm, which means Day of Our Lives could be on the move to another slot, perhaps 1pm. We don't have WNBC's full line-up yet. The syndicated version of Deal or No Deal will air at 4pm on WNBC. Judge Joe Brown is leaving the station as it moves to WNYW, so 3pm hour will be free and it is likely Ellen DeGeneres Show could move there. Martha Stewart's show currently airs at 1pm, so that could move to either 11am or 12pm. So maybe Paid Programming will finally leave WNBC at 11am? One would hope. Anyway, weekends on WNBC, Monk will be coming. As soon as we have the full WNBC fall line-up we will post it on our message board.
Moving on to WCBS, new syndicated talk show The Doctors, a spin-off of Dr. Phil, will air weekday mornings at 9am replacing encores of ET/The Insider. No other changes are likely to be made during weekdays. On weekends, CSI: NY is coming replacing CSI: Miami. WCBS also airs Maximum Exposure on weekends, and that will be leaving syndication, so WCBS can't air it this fall.
WABC, which has the number one line-up ratings wise in NYC and the nation, will not make any changes to its weekday line-up. However, on Saturdays they will add reruns of Lost on Saturday nights at 12:35am after Eyewitness News. ABC airs College Football in the fall from 8-12 or so, so that's why WABC's Eyewitness News usually starts at 12am rather than 11pm. Lost will replace the Saturday late movie. WABC also has gotten rights to NASCAR Angels and Storm Stories and will air them in various times on weekends.
Finally, WLNY-TV55, an independent station, will make a lot of changes to its weekend line-up. WLNY has a tendency to get secondary rights to shows already on other New York locals and that is the case here once again for everything I am about to mention. Their new weekend line-up, both Saturday and Sundays, will have Monk at 4pm, Boston Legal at 5pm, Law & Order: SVU at 6pm, CSI: NY at 7pm, Lost at 8pm and House at 9pm. That's a lot of great dramas there! We do not have their weekday line-up yet, but it'll likely see a change or two since The Nanny/Mad About You hour is leaving syndication this Fall. We will let you know as soon as we do on our message board.
Now I have mentioned the message board a lot already, and you can view our Fall 2008 Syndication thread where we post updates and you can also post updates. It's team effort as we have 9 pages so far and growing! So join in if you haven't already. And to see a list of all the shows coming to syndication this fall, view our Fall 2008 Shows post.


TV Land is going to have a special promotion one-time-only marathon of CSI on Saturday, September 13 from 10pm-1am. TV Land is a sister station of both CBS and Spike TV. CBS airs the show in first-run and Spike TV airs the show in reruns on cable. It'll be weird seeing CSI on TV Land that night, indeed. As of now it is only a one-time-only stunt, but perhaps they could air the series in reruns sharing it with Spike TV in the future? We shall see...but for now view the episode info for the stunt.

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