Wednesday, November 30, 2005

What's Happening!! Leads TV Land to Highest Rated Month Ever; More On the '80s Sitcoms Coming to DVD from Sony & Universal

The classic '70s sitcom What's Happening!! gave TV Land a boost in the ratings in November and helped the network get their highest ratings ever for a month. Good Times, The Andy Griffith Show and Little House on the Prairie were some of the other shows that continue to do well. Among the highlights were:
* What's Happening!!, one of the coolest comedies of the 1970s, launched on Saturday, November 5 with a 48-hour marathon. The showcase averaged a 0.7/628,000, up +75% in rating and delivery versus year ago. Among total viewers, the marathon attracted an average of nearly 1 million, up +41% over last year. The series is also posting ratings gains in its regularly scheduled timeslot of 11 p.m. ET/PT daily, averaging a 0.5/435,000 among Adults 25-54, up +25% over last year. Among total viewers, it is attracting an average of 786,000 total viewers.
* Good Times, which airs every night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. with back to back episodes, is averaging a 0.5/523,000, up +11% in delivery over last year among A25-54. It is drawing an average of 1.1 million total viewers, up +19% over 2004.
To read the full press release click here.

We have yet another DVD scoop for you! Yes, both TVShowsonDVD.com and I have already told you about Archie Bunker's Place and Diff'rent Strokes for Sony and Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! for Universal, but now we have a first look on the extras! Unfortunately for Archie Bunker's Place season one and Diff'rent Strokes season two, there will not be any. The back cover art was released today for both and it did not indicate any special features. Click here to view the back art for Diff'rent Strokes and here for Archie Bunker's Place.
Now for the extras on the Universal sitcoms! We were very surprised that there will be some extras on BOTH Charles in Charge season one and Gimme a Break! season one. In fact for Gimme a Break! an episode from season one of the '80s sitcom Kate & Allie will also be included! We are very excited and pleased to let you all know. We hope this means a season one DVD release of Kate & Allie is in the works! Both Charles in Charge and Gimme a Break! will have a half hour featurette on '80s sitcoms and a season two episode preview for each series. Click here to read the full list of extras--this is a first look!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, March 23

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 18)

Friday, March 22

  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Watch Matt on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Illana Glazer (Broad City) - Illana is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Pamela appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Stephen is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing Houe/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Piper Perabo (Turn Up Charlie) - Piper is tentatively scheduled to appear on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Casey Wilson (Black Monday/Marry Me/Happy Endings) - Casey talks about Black Monday on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Natalie Morales (Abby's/The Grinder/Trophy Wife/Parks and Recreation) - Natalie appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark talks about Knightfall on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudston Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony performs on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Maddie Corman (Mr. President/All-American Girl) - Maddie talks about the play Accidentally Brave on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
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