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AmericanLife TV July 2007 Highlights -- New Monday Night Classic Sitcom Block
AMERICANLIFE TV NETWORK CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH A NEW MONDAY NIGHT LINE-UP IN JULY
Classic Sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, WKRP in Cincinnati and The Bob Newhart Show Debut July 2
Washington, D.C. -- AmericanLife TV Network SM, the network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, debuts a new Monday night primetime programming line-up on July 2, featuring classic television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, WKRP in Cincinnati and The Bob Newhart Show.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, starring Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight and Ed Asner, changed the typical television comedic format to be more character-based, focusing on the life of Mary Richards and her coworkers in the fictional WJM television newsroom. The series won over 25 Emmys throughout its seven year run, as well as several Golden Globes, a Humanitas Prize and Peabody Award. TV Guide recognized the comedy in its 2002 round-up of “The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” as number eleven.
Newhart stars Bob Newhart and Mary Frann as NYC transplants running a rural Vermont inn with the help of a hotel maid (Julia Duffy), a handyman (Tom Posten) and locals Larry, Darryl and Darryl (William Sanderson, John Voldstad and Tony Papenfuss). The comedy was nominated for several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards over its eight year run.
WKRP in Cincinnati, an ensemble comedy showing the humorous inner workings of a radio station, stars Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Richard Sanders, Jan Smithers, Frank Bonner and Carol Bruce. The series won an Emmy Award and Humanitas Prize, and was nominated for several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards during its four year stint.
The Bob Newhart Show, starring Bob Newhart, Peter Bonerz, Marcia Wallace, Suzanne Pleshette and Bill Daily, followed the life of psychologist Robert Hartley, showing the day-to-day adventures of both his work and home life. Broadcast for six years, the series was nominated for two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and two Golden Globe Awards. TV Guide listed the show as number 44 on its 2002 round-up of “The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.”
Other highlights for July include numerous guest star appearances by well-loved film and television legends.
NEW NIGHT OF CLASSIC TV PROGRAMMING
Monday, July 2 is the debut of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), Newhart (8:30-9 p.m. ET/PT), WKRP in Cincinnati (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) and The Bob Newhart Show (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT) on AmericanLife TV’s primetime programming schedule. All three of these classic television sitcoms will commemorate their launch on the network with the broadcast of their very first episodes. Other highlights for these classics this month include:
Monday, July 2
WKRP in Cincinnati : The late film and stage legend Sylvia Sidney guests as Mama Carlson on “Pilot (Part 1)” (9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT).
The Bob Newhart Show: Comedian and actress Penny Marshall guest stars as a stewardess on “Fly the Unfriendly Skies” (9:30-10 p.m. ET/PT).
Monday, July 9
Newhart: William Sanderson, John Voldstad and Tony Papenfuss make their first appearance on the show as Larry, “my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl” on “Mrs. Newton’s Body Lies A’Mould’ring in the Grave” (8:30-9 p.m. ET/PT).
Monday, July 30
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: NFL star turned actor Timothy Brown guests as himself on “Keep Your Guard Up” (8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT).
JULY PRIMETIME SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
Sunday, July 1
St. Elsewhere: Two famous faces in “Samuels and the Kid:” David Duchovny and Ally Sheedy (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).
Hill Street Blues: Barbara Babcock guest stars as Grace Gardner in “Dressed to Kill” (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). Babcock went on to become a series regular, winning the 1981 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this role.
L.A. Law: Adam Arkin guests as Richard Kendall in “The Princess and the Weiner King” (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).
Wednesday, July 4
Combat!: The late John Agar, who made his career debut opposite John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Shirley Temple in John Ford’s “Fort Apache,” guests as Captain Thorpe in “The Mockingbird” (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).
Saturday, July 7
The Color Honeymooners: An all-star line-up guests on “Ralph Goes to Hollywood ,” including the late Bing Crosby, Maureen O’Hara and the late Bert Parks (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). On an episode airing later that evening (11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET/PT), the late Paul Lynde, perhaps best-loved for his seat in the center square of “Hollywood Squares,” guests as movie star Washington Kenmore on “Play It Again, Norton.”
Sunday, July 8
St. Elsewhere: The multi-talented Christopher Guest (also husband to actress Jamie Lee Curtis) appears in the first half of a two part guest star stint as B.J. Cummings on “Legionnaires – Part I” (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).
L.A. Law: Harold Gould guests as Harry Finneman on “Simian Chanted Evening” (9-10 p.m. ET/PT).
Tuesday, July 10
Combat!: The late Sal Mineo (“Rebel Without A Cause”) and Tom Skerrit (“Picket Fences,” “Steel Magnolias,” “M*A*S*H”) guest star in “Nothing to Lose” (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).
Wednesday, July 11
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: The late Jack Cassidy guests as Rock Mussin in “The Carpathian Caper Affair” (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).
Friday, July 13
The FBI: Dabney Coleman and the late Lawrence “Larry” Linville (“M*A*S*H”) guest star in “Flight” (9-10 p.m. ET/PT).
Saturday, July 14
Color Honeymooners: Oscar winner George Chakiris (Bernardo in “West Side Story) guests on “The Case of the Cuckoo Thief” as Mousey the Dip (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).
Sunday, July 15
St. Elsewhere: “Saturday Night Live” star Laraine Newman joins Christopher Guest in the conclusion of “Legionnaires – Part II” (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).
Tuesday, July 17
Combat!: Dwayne Hickman (“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) guests as Corey in “Run, Sheep, Run” (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).
Friday, July 20
Combat!: The late Bill Bixby (“The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” My Favorite Martian,” “The Incredible Hulk”) guest stars as Kline on “The Losers” (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).
The FBI: Catch Harrison Ford in one of his earlier roles as Everett Giles on “Scapegoat” (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).
Saturday, July 21
Color Honeymooners: The late Mike Douglas appears as himself, the host of “The Mike Douglas Show,” on “The Honeymoon Is Over” (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).
Thursday, July 26
Kung Fu: Don Johnson guests as Nashebo on “The Spirit-Helper” (11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET/PT).
About AmericanLife TV NetworkSM
AmericanLife TV Network SM (www.americanlifetv.com), based in Washington DC , is the only independent network devoted to America ’s baby boomer generation. The network delivers classic TV, lifestyle, original and socially responsible programming that addresses compelling issues. Primetime programming includes classics such as “Combat!,” “The Color Honeymooners,” “Mission Impossible,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “WKRP in Cincinnati ,” as well as “Moments That Changed UsSM,” original quarterly specials hosted by Nick Clooney. AmericanLife TV’s daytime programming includes such lifestyle programming as “Alive & Well,” “Fixing Dinner,” “Embassy ChefsSM,” “Flea Market ManiaSM,” and “Til Debt Do U$ Part” solutions to everyday living for Baby Boomers.
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