Tuesday, February 14, 2006

TV Land and Nick@Nite April Highlights; ABC Notes; Veteran 'Patty Duke Show' Star Passes Away

TV Land and Nick@Nite has announced their April 2006 line-ups. Nick@Nite will debut the sitcom Mad About You on April 10, with a four day event from April 10-13, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night. Then the show will air seven days a week at 11:30 p.m., right after The Cosby Show. Katey Sagal will host The Funniest Mom in America Search 2, like I stated yesterday. Spend April Fool's Day with Hi-Jinks for a marathon and then the season two finale on April 4. All the details for NAN April are here.
As for TV Land, they will not do much except air new episodes of the original series Living in TV Land and a Western Weekend 48-hour marathon of Gunsmoke and Bonanza the weekend of April 22-23. All the details for TVL April are here.

ABC has passed us along some more scheduling notes. Sitcom Crumbs again will be pre-empted this Thursday at 9:30 p.m. with an encore of part two of the Super Bowl episode of Grey's Anatomy. Last week part one was on par with recent Crumbs airings in total viewers and slightly better in adults 18-49. I think ABC is trying to build as much of an audience as they can for Grey's Anatomy. This week Grey's Anatomy built on Desperate Housewives for the first time ever. Hopefully Crumbs returns February 23 as planned, because that is the last time ABC has it scheduled for now. Hopefully we see the remaining episodes at some point and I think the show is good enough for a full season next season.
Other notes include some Friday news. ABC announced starting Friday, March 3, AFV will air from 8 to 9 p.m. and it will also air in its regular Sunday at 7 p.m. slot. This puts more of a question mark on when sitcom Hope & Faith will return. Also, Less Than Perfect as well. The March 2 Thursday slot will be a movie. March 9 will probably be a movie, too, then starting the 16th ABC's new Thursdays will start with American Inventor. So, Alias is still MIA.

Jean Byron, an actress who played Patty Duke's mother in the 1960s television series and appeared in dozens of TV shows over three decades, has died.

Byron, who was born Imogene Burkhart in Paducah, Ky., but was mostly known by her stage name through a long career that included movies, died Friday at a Mobile-area hospital from an infection following hip replacement surgery, family members said. She had moved to Mobile in the late 1980s to be closer to her family. Byron had more than 80 credits in film and television over a long career, but was likely best remembered for her role as the mother, Natalie Lane, on The Patty Duke Show.

She appeared on many TV series as a guest over the years including The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Dobie Gillis, Batman, Maude, and Mannix. Byron's final acting appearance was the "Patty Duke Show Reunion" movie in 1999. Ms. Byron was 80 years old.
Special thanks to "Frank" for telling us about this!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, February 17

The Middle - "The Setup" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat’s (Marsha Mason) beck and call when she has to stay for a few days at the Heck house after coming down with an ailment. Meanwhile, just when it looks like Sean is about to ask Sue out on a date, Sue nervously blurts out that maybe they should both try to set each other up on a date with one of their friends; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry.

The Middle - "Eyes Wide Open" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue’s excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching “Silence of the Lambs”; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike’s aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn’t know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple.

black-ish - "Please Don't Feed the Animals" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bow keeps in touch with Dre’s incarcerated godbrother, Omar, but when they find out he is being released from prison, Omar’s future sparks debate. Meanwhile, Ruby lets it slip to the kids that she’s been to jail and they push her to tell them more secrets from her past.

black-ish - "Charity Case" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dre is chosen to lead Stevens & Lido’s new charity campaign which helps people give back to their community. When Bow advises Dre that there is more to giving back than cutting checks, he decides to donate some of his clothes to a man in need. Meanwhile, Junior fails his driving test, so Ruby offers to chaperone a trip with him and the twins on an informative outing.

The Thundermans - "Rhythm n' Shoes " (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Determined to meet a famous pop singer visiting Hiddenville High, Phoebe and Max devise elaborate schemes to insert themselves into her performance that quickly lead to disastrous results.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "The Harper Quad-Jobbers" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The quads try to earn money for a pool so that their house can be the place everyone wants to hang out at during the summer.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 12)

Friday, February 16

  • Sam Rockwell (F Is for Family) - Watch Sam on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Laura Benanti (The Detour/Go On/Starved) - Laura appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Good Morning, Miami/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly and her husband Rodney talk about the Hallmark Channel original series Meet the Peetes on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Becki Newton (Divorce/Weird Loners/The Goodwin Games/How I Met Your Mother) - Becki chats about Divorce on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Hudson Street/Full House) - Lori appears on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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