Monday, August 20, 2007

AmericanLife Adds Sci-Fi Thursday Line-Up in September; Network Notes for CBS, ABC, Fox

AmericanLife TV Network, the cable network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, debuts a new Thursday primetime programming line-up on September 6, featuring four sci-fi classics created by Irwin Allen: Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Land of the Giants. All four series will air back-to-back together starting at 8pm every Thursday. This means the westerns (Maverick, Bronco, Kung Fu) will be off the line-up completely, as there are no other schedules changes for the month.
Lost in Space (Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT) premiered in 1965 starring June Lochart, Guy Williams, Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard and child actor Billy Mumy. In the series, the space family Robinson embarks on a five-year mission to colonize a new planet, all while being sabotaged by a stowaway. Also accompanying the family on their spaceship "Jupiter II" is their friendly robot.
The Time Tunnel (Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT) follows the adventures of two scientists working on Project TicToc, a government time travel program. However, the system has a slight glitch -- passengers can travel between the past and the future but are unable to stay in the present. Starring Robert Colbert and James Darren, the series aired for one season (1966-67).
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) details the adventures of the officers and men of the atomic submarine "Seaview," including their battles with human and alien villains. Based on the 1961 film of the same name, the series aired for four years and stars David Hedison, Arch Whiting, Paul Trinka, Robert Dowdell, Richard Bull, Richard Basehart and Del Monroe.
Land of the Giants (Thursday nights at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT) chronicles the lives of the crew and passengers of spacecraft "Spindrift." After traveling through a space warp, "Spindrift" crashes on a planet where everything is 12 times normal size. Airing for two seasons beginning in 1968, the record-high budgeted series stars Stefan Arngrim, Don Matheson, Kurt Kasznar, Gary Conway, Deanna Lund, Heather Young and Don Marshall.

Here are the highlights for September featuring classic TV stars on other classic TV shows:

Saturday, September 1
Chico and the Man: Penny Marshall guest stars in "Chic and the Van" (1 a.m. ET/PT).

Monday, September 3
Newhart: Alley Mills guests in "Sprained Dreams" (9:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Tuesday, September 4
Combat!: Telly Savalas guest stars in "Anniversary" (8:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Friday, September 7
The FBI: Dabney Coleman guests in "Incident in the Desert" (9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Sunday, September 9
Hill Street Blues: Mimi Rogers guest stars in "Rite of Spring" (9-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Monday, September 10
77 Sunset Strip: Janet Lake guests in "A Check Will Do Nicely" (8:00 p.m ET/PT).
Newhart: Rue McClanahan guest stars in "The Way We Thought We Were" (9:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Saturday, September 15
My Favorite Martian: Linda Evans guests in "Martin’s Favorite Martian" (8 p.m. ET/PT).
Welcome Back, Kotter: Catch the first episode of this series, when Mr. Kotter returns to his alma mater to teach the Sweathogs, a group of remedial students (1:30 a.m. ET/PT).

Monday, September 17
The Bob Newhart Show: Pat Morita guests in "Bob & Emily & Howard & Carol & Jerry" (10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Sunday, September 23
I Spy: Cicely Tyson guest stars in "Trial by Treehouse" (6:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Wednesday, September 26
I Spy: Richard Kiel guests in "A Few Miles West of Nowhere" (8:00 p.m. ET/PT).
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: Boris Karloff guest stars in "The Mother Muffin Affair" (10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Friday, September 28
The FBI: Tom Skerritt guests in "Unknown Victim" (10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Sunday, September 30
St. Elsewhere: Judith Light guest stars in "Dog Day Hospital" (8:00 p.m. ET/PT).

And remember coming in October is Mission: Impossible and possibly more series! So come on back for more AmericanLife news!


Remember the other day when we said The Knights of Prosperity was removed from abc.com and looks like we will never see the final two episodes? Well guess what? The full season is now back on abc.com and includes the final two unaired episodes! Get on the website and watch them! What a funny show! Too bad it didn't do well in the ratings. And as we mentioned, The Nine has the two most recent episodes that aired and the subsequent two unaired episodes are available right now. There will be an additional two unaired episodes posted one per week for the next two Thursdays.
A CBS summer schedule change! CBS has ordered four additional episodes of game show Power of 10, to be broadcast on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, ET/PT in addition to its regular Wednesdays at 8:00 PM, ET/PT time period. This means reruns of NCIS will relocate to Tuesdays at 10:00 PM, ET/PT for the rest of the summer. The Tuesday Power of 10 broadcasts begin Aug. 21 (with a rebroadcast of last Wednesday's episode) with subsequent first-run broadcasts on Aug. 28, Sept. 4, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.
Power of 10 will have its season finale on a special night, Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT, so not to conflict with the reality series premiere of Kid Nation on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Finally, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will host next month's 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox airing Sunday, Sept. 16
Seacrest will also host the entertainment portion of this year's Super Bowl broadcast on Fox. And he remains the managing editor and host for E! Entertainment Television's E! News. This guy is everywhere.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

ABC Pulls Knights and The Nine; TV Legend Merv Griffin Passes Away

Effective this Wednesday, ABC has pulled the burn-off episodes of the sitcom The Knights of Prosperity and drama The Nine. Knights returned last Wednesday with two all-new episodes. Two all-new episodes still remain in the vault. As for The Nine, it aired an episode each the last two Wednesdays, and four still remain in the can. ABC will replace The Knights with an extra repeat of According to Jim at 8:30, while The Nine essentially will get replaced by Primetime: Outsiders at 9pm, moving the new upcoming Primetime series NASCAR in Primetime from 9pm to 10pm, where The Nine was airing.
As for those remaining episodes of The Knights and The Nine, we can expect the remaining episodes to appear on abc.com. We are not sure how they will roll-out, but it will probably be every Wednesday until they finish, similar to what ABC did with Six Degrees and Day Break. We'll let you know...but it is too bad about The Knights, that was one good funny sitcom. It almost came back for a second season, but Ray Romano didn't sign on unfortunately.

We have some breaking news just in to SitcomsOnline, TV legend Merv Griffin just passed away this morning. Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his the family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment. Griffin was recently hospitalized for a recurrence of the disease, which had been treated successfully more than 10 years ago.
Merv of course is known for his talk show The Merv Griffin Show that ran from 1962-1986 and for creating the hit game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Let's watch both of those shows tomorrow and see if they do a little tribute...both shows are on summer hiatus though, and will return with new episodes in September. Merv has appeared as himself on several sitcoms like Sanford & Son, Golden Girls, Hope & Gloria, and Newhart. Merv also produced the new Lifetime series Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead. He was recently seen on TV Land Moguls as the host, appeared on TV Land's ALF's Hit Talk Show, and appeared on Fat Actress.
He will be deeply missed and you can catch his newly produced series Merv Griffin's Crosswords in first-run syndication this fall. Hopefully that will still be coming on air as a tribute to him. Mr. Griffin was 82.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Remembering Charles in Charge's James T. Callahan; Knights of Prosperity Returns TONIGHT!

James T. Callahan best known for playing Walter Powell on the sitcom Charles in Charge, has died according to the LA Times. Callahan, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in February, died Friday at his Fallbrook home, said his wife, Peggy Cannon-Callahan. On the show, Callahan played Walter Powell, a retired Navy man he referred to as the "blustery old grandfather" in a 2000 People magazine interview. When CBS canceled Charles in Charge after one season in 1985, Callahan joined the cast for the syndicated version, which ran from 1987 to 1990. The role was a favorite that brought him wide recognition.
Scott Baio, who played Charles in Charles in Charge spoke to the LA Times yesterday: "As an actor, he was just an absolute pleasure. He wanted what was best for the team, and that's very rare. He loved hanging out with us and he loved, loved, loved working."
The youngest of three children, Callahan was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to William and Elenora Callahan. His father worked in sales. After serving in the Army in West Germany from 1951 to 1953, Callahan returned home to work at the post office. He discovered acting while attending school in the Midwest. On the advice of a teacher, he enrolled in the University of Washington to study drama and graduated in the late 1950s.
Between 1959 and 2007, Callahan appeared in more than 120 films and television shows. He got his start in guest starring stints on westerns such as The Californians, Two Faces West, and Have Gun Will Travel. His first sitcom appearance was in 1960 on an episode of Dennis the Menace. He co-starred in two short lived sitcoms Wendy and Me in 1964 and The Governor & J.J. in 1969. His long list of TV guest shots include Perry Mason, Combat!, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, My Favorite Martian, The Fugitive, The FBI, Adam-12, Marcus Welby MD, M*A*S*H, Love American Style, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Police Story, The Rockford Files, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Dallas, The Ropers, Bosom Buddies, Lou Grant, Benson, Alice, Simon & Simon, Quincy ME, Remington Steele, Little House on the Prairie, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Newhart, Growing Pains, Doogie Howser MD, Highway to Heaven, Golden Girls, Nurses, Harry and the Hendersons, Picket Fences, Hope & Gloria, Caroline in the City, Cybil, The Practice, 7th Heaven, ER and Medium. Wow...what a list and that is just a partial one!
One of his favorite film roles was as the band leader in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), his wife said. He also portrayed a country-western singer in Outlaw Blues (1977) with Peter Fonda. He was in the TV-movie The Burning Bed with Farrah Fawcett in 1984 and Prison for Children with John Ritter in 1987. He co-starred in the Hallmark Channel movie Wild Hearts last year. Callahan's final film, a horror movie called Born, has not been released.
Mr. Callahan's vast TV work and his popularity on Charles in Charge will continue for many decades to come. He will be missed deeply and let's hope we get the second season (his first season) of Charles in Charge on DVD very soon! Mr. Callahan was 76.

Get those televisions on at 8:30pm ET and 9:30pm ET tonight as ABC brings back the fun sitcom The Knights of Prosperity! The sitcom is about a group of blue-collared workers trying to rob a celebrity. They failed doing so with Mick Jagger and now they have a new target...Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray Romano! Ray Romano will be guest starring on both episodes tonight. If you have never watched the show, it doesn't matter because a new chapter is about to begin with Romano. It is very fun and hilarious but it is too bad it was wasted and lost in the schedule. The two episodes tonight are the first two of four unaired episodes. The remaining two episodes air next Wednesday (Aug. 15) and the Wednesday after that (Aug. 22) at 8:30pm ET. Be sure to watch all four because you don't know what you're missing. If you're not home, record, DVR, TiVo it, or whatever.

We'll be back with more news, if anything.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

ABC Sitcom 'Notes' To Premiere After 'Anatomy'; JustMyShow.com Interviews; Nick at Nite Weekend Change for This Weekend

ABC will be revising its 'notes' after 'anatomy' class starting April 12. ABC will debut new sitcom Notes from the Underbelly on Thursday, April 12 at 10 p.m. with two back-to-back episodes following a Grey's Anatomy Clip Show. It is almost unheard of for a sitcom to air in the 10 p.m. hour so this will be interesting. ABC plans on airing Notes for three weeks (that's six half-hour episodes) in the slot. Previously Notes was supposed to replace In Case of Emergency on Wednesdays at 9:30 starting April 11, but that will not happen now, which means all 13 of In Case of Emergency's episodes will now air, instead of just 11. So that means Wednesdays at 9:30 will be vacant starting April 25...maybe Knights of Prosperity will return for its last four episodes of the season?
ABC was planning on returning Men in Trees to the Thursday at 10 slot starting April 12, but that is not happening. It is still unclear what ABC will do with the five remaining Trees episodes. It is possible that they could move the show to Fridays at 8 starting April 13 for 5 weeks or hold-off on the remaining five episodes for next season, where it could air for at least 27 new episodes next season, something Boston Legal & Grey's Anatomy did their first seasons.
Now, Notes from the Underbelly is just airing for three weeks on Thursdays, but what about after that? That is also sort of still unclear, but this is what will look like happen: April 12, 19, & 26 will be Notes from the Underbelly; May 3 will be the special two-part episode of Grey's Anatomy introducing the spin-off; and May 10 & 17 is unclear but it looks like ABC will bring back October Road for episodes five and six, rather than ending after episode four on April 5. That show has impressed thus far.
We will keep you up to date if anything is concrete later today or in the coming days. Keep checking back!

Our good friend Eric from JustMyShow.com has a new episode up on his website. This time he chats with Tom Wopat from The Dukes of Hazzard and Alan Spencer, creator of the cult sitcom Sledge Hammer. This episode is the series' 13th episode. Congrats Eric! That is more than many of the TV series these days! Anyway, click HERE to listen to this episode. As usual, Eric is on top of his game and knows his stuff. Great preparation.

Finally, Nick at Nite will edit this weekend's schedule. Like last weekend, it will be all Fresh Prince. Though last weekend the first three half-hours were Full House because of that Jesse marathon, but not this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday it is all Will Smith all the time. Saturday from 10-6am and Sunday from 9pm-6am only on Nick at Nite.
Will Fresh Prince weekend be a weekly thing? Who knows.

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