Monday, March 06, 2006 Exclusive: AOL's In2TV Preview

AOL's In2TV service is launching next Wednesday (March 15) and has the first look at all the sitcoms included with episode info for each sitcom and also the features In2TV brings. We will only cover the sitcoms that will be available to watch at launch time. There will be a host of other type of shows, like dramas (Lois & Clark, Adventures of Brisco County Jr.), westerns (Maverick, Cheyenne) and animation (New Adventures of Batman, Beetlejuice). But since this is, we will only cover the sitcoms! Each series will have 10 episodes to start off. The way it will work is that they'll have 10 episodes available each month. Every month, 5 of the 10 will be replaced with new episodes--so make sure you watch the 10 episodes each month, because you never know which 5 episodes they will replace the following month. The following are the sitcoms and their episode info at launch time:

Perfect Strangers Launch Episodes
#3 "First Date" 23:59
#7 "Hello, Baby" 25:21
#8 "Hunks Like Us" 25:25
#15 "Can I Get a Witness?" 25:20
#16 "The Rent Strike" 25:18
#18 "Dog Gone Blues" 25:21
#21 "Beautiful Dreamer" 25:21
#23 "Ten Speed and a Soft Touch" 25:19
#24 "Snow Way to Treat a Lady, Part 1" 22:14
#31 "Sexual Harassment in Chicago" 24:19

Welcome Back, Kotter Launch Episodes
#1 "Welcome Back" Pilot 25:31
#3 "Basket Case" 25:31
#4 "Whodunit?" 25:11
#6 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" 25:11
#10 "Barbarino's Girl" 25:11
#11 "The Reunion" 25:10
#18 "Follow the Leader, Part 2" 25:12
#22 "Father Vinnie" 25:11
#32 "Sweathog, Nebraska Style" 25:10
#85 "Bride and Bloom" 25:07

Growing Pains Launch Episodes
#3 "Jealousy" 24:06
#4 "Carol's Article" 21:52
#6 "Mike's Madonna Story" 23:56
#42 "Born Free" 23:49
#59"The Marrying Kind" 24:19
#72 "Birth of a Seaver" 24:14
#79 "The Nanny" 24:30
#84 "Feet of Clay" 23:48
#138 "Not With My Carol You Don't" 23:49
#159 "Menage a Luke" 23:24

Chico and the Man Launch Episodes
#1 "The Man Meets Chico" Pilot 23:27
#4 "New Suit" 25:53
#6 "E Pluribus Used Car" 25:50
#9 "No Room in the Garage" 25:45
#10 "The Letter" 25:50
#16 "If I Were a Rich Man" 25:34
#37 "The Hypnotist" 24:32
#47 "Chico Packs His Bags" 24:38
#59 "Chico's Padre" 24:37
#62 "Ed Talks to God" 25:21

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
Hangin' With Mr. Cooper Launch Episodes
#45 "Call Me Irresponsible" 22:43
#46 "My Bodyguard" 22:43
#49 "Matinee" 21:45
#50 "Mo' Money" 22:05
#51 "Instant Replay" 22:05
#52 "House Guest" 22:14
#53 "My Achy Breaky Back" 22:14
#54 "True Romance" 22:15
#55 "Clothes Make The Man" 22:00
#57 "Coach" 22:09

Alice Launch Episodes
#1 "Pilot" 24:16
#2 "Aice Gets a Pass" 25:35
#3 "A Piece of the Rock" 25:32
#4 "Pay the Fifty Dollars" 25:33
#5 "A Call to Arms" 25:04
#6 "The Last Review" 25:33
#88 "My Funny Valentine Tux" 24:42
#115 "Who's Kissing the Great Chefs of Phoenix?" 24:48
#126 "The Wild One" 24:47
#179 "Alice's Hot Air Romance" 24:54

F Troop Launch Episodes
#1 "Scourge of the West - Pilot" 25:32
#2"Don't Look Now, One of our Cannons is Missing" 25:34
#3 "The Phantom Major" 25:33
#4 "Corporal Agarn's Farewell to the Troops" 25:33
#5 "The Return of the Bald Eagle" 25:22
#35 "The Singing Mountie" 25:22
#36 "How To Be F Troop Without Really Trying" 25:23
#37 "Bye Bye Balloon" 25:24
#38 "Reach for the Sky, Pardner" 25:19
#39 "Great Troop Robbery, The" 25:25

Head of the Class
Head of the Class Launch Episodes
#1 "Head of the Class" (Pilot) 24:24
#2 "Back to the Future" 23:31
#4 "Love at First Byte" 23:02
#6 "The Teacher's Teacher" 23:16
#7 "Volleyball, Anyone?" 23:27
#8 "Critical Choices" 23:10
#9 "Cold Turkey" 23:31
#10 "You've Got a Friend" 23:22
#18 "Valentine's Day" 21:35
#55 "Arvid's Sure Thing" 24:17

Criteria for the episodes:
-- "Starchives" - Episodes featuring stars before they were stars, including Brad Pitt on Growing Pains, and Jay Leno on Alice
-- "Classic Creme de la Creme" - Showcase of the most memorable episodes of a given series
-- "StarFavs" - Stars' favorite episodes

And I'm sure the rest are randomly picked.

Remember these are just the sitcom episodes. The rest of the series at launch time are: Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Babylon 5, Beetlejuice, Dark Justice, Eight is Enough, The F.B.I., Falcon Crest, Freakazoid, Freddy's Nightmares, The Fugitive, Histeria!, Kung Fu, La Femme Nikita, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Maverick, The New Adventures of Batman, Pinky and the Brain, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Sisters, Spenser: For Hire, V, Wonder Woman.

In2TV only airs Warner Bros. shows that are currently not on cable television (not counting AmericanLife TV, since the shows they air are part of a library deal). I'd like to see the following shows come to In2TV soon: Life Goes On, Our House, Just the Ten of Us, Flo, Getting By, Here's Lucy, Life with Lucy, China Beach, Homefront, It's a Living, Mayberry RFD, Love Sidney, Meego, Odd Man Out, My Sister Sam, Kirk, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Courtship of Eddie's Father, She's the Sheriff--yes, I am going overboard. I would have included The Hogan Family, but we found out that is now licensed by ABC Family Channel.

Features on In2TV's launch include "Karaoke" (sing along with Alice, Chico and the Man, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper's themes); "Punchlines" (classic clips from Perfect Strangers, Growing Pains, Welcome Back Kotter, Chico and the Man, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper); "Betcha Didn't Know" (great facts on Gabe Kaplan, Teri Hatcher); "Where Are They Now?" (what are your fave In2TV stars up to now like Kirk Cameron, Lynda Carter); "Retro Runway" ('70s Fashion); and "Starplay" (clips of stars before they were stars such as Jay Leno on Alice, William H. Macy on Spenser: For Hire, George Clooney on Sisters, Brad Pitt on Growing Pains). users can beta test In2TV by watching samples of the features. You will need Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10.0, so upgrade if you want to watch In2TV. And yes, In2TV is for anyone who has the internet, not just AOL users. And the video is streaming online, so you do not have to download anything and that means you can not save the files. Here are the sample clips we have for you:
For more details on In2TV click here.

In2TV is brought to you by Hershey's Take 5, Pringles and Crest.

New on DVD/Blu-ray (November)

The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Remastered Series (DVD) Maude - The Complete Third Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Final (Fourth) Season McHale's Navy - The Complete Series Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Fourth Season

11/03 - Californication - The Complete Series
11/03 - Getting On - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
11/03 - Hank (1965-66) - The Complete Series
11/03 - I Love Lucy - The Complete Series
11/03 - Men at Work - The Complete Second Season
11/03 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/03 - 'Til Death - The Complete Third Season
11/10 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Remastered Series (DVD)
11/10 - Maude - The Complete Third Season
11/10 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Final (Fourth) Season
11/17 - Cristela - The Complete First Season
11/17 - McHale's Navy - The Complete Series
11/17 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Fourth Season
11/24 - George Lopez - The Complete Sixth Seaon
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, November 26

The Muppets - "Pig Out" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The gang has an epic night out when they run into Ed Helms at Rowlf’s Tavern and they all perform their favorite karaoke jams, but Kermit is not pleased when no one shows up to work the next day. Meanwhile, Fozzie has an unfortunate accident during the show.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Huangsgiving" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Huangs are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and Jessica is determined to out-do her sister who has hosted in years past. Clipboard in hand, Louis puts Emery and Evan on table décor duty while he and Jessica prepare the perfect feast. But despite their best-laid plans, unexpected mishaps and hangovers force Louis and Jessica to scramble to get an edible meal on the dining table. Meanwhile, Eddie and his cousin discover the power of the Internet.

The Middle - "Thanksgiving VII" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
With the Heck house in disarray due to the kitchen sink hole and miniature dining room table, Frankie suggests that the family enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at the local King’s Feast buffet. But all does not run so smoothly when Sue invites her boyfriend Darrin to dine with the family and gets the feeling that Mike doesn’t like him very much, Brick invites his quirky girlfriend Cindy, and Axl is forced by Frankie to invite a girl he doesn’t even know to the holiday meal.

The Goldbergs - "In Conclusion, Thanksgiving" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
everly insists the entire family gather for the holiday, but tension builds when brother-in-law Marvin tricks Pop-Pop into thinking Thanksgiving was at his house.Meanwhile, Pops passes the torch to Barry and Erica to give the holiday toast, resulting in them trying to one-up each other.

Last Man Standing - "The Gratitude List" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repet)
Although Vanessa is disappointed it will only be her, Mike and Eve at the Baxter Thanksgiving table, she’s more let down when Eve bypasses one of their holiday traditions and calls it “goofy.” Meanwhile, Kristin finds out Mandy is lying to their parents about where she and Kyle will be spending Thanksgiving dinner.

Dr. Ken - "Thanksgiving Culture Clash" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Molly rebels and gets a Japanese tattoo, which spirals Ken and Allison into having a cultural face-off when Allison claims she is more Japanese than Ken is Korean. At a holiday dinner, they push their traditional dishes on their guests, while Dave documents the Thanksgiving events for a school project. Also, Julie, fearful of being alone due to a recent heartbreak, invites the office over to her place – but Damona and Clark try finding a way to leave early so they can make it to their other Thanksgiving plans.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Matrimonial Momentum" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After driving to Vegas to get married, Penny struggles with Leonard’s confession that he kissed another girl. Also, Sheldon doesn’t know how to act after Amy pushes pause on their relationship. Laurie Metcalf returns as Sheldon’s mother, Mary.

Life in Pieces - "Hospital Boudoir Time-Out Namaste" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Jen cuts her finger and Greg takes her to the hospital, they finally have the first quality alone time they’ve had in months. Also, John takes Samantha and Sophia to a restaurant where everything is named after feelings, Heather gives Tim a sexy anniversary gift, and Sophia is punished after Heather hears her swearing.

Mom - "Sawdust and Brisket" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Christy is thrilled when Violet tells her she wants to spend more time together and improve their relationship. Also, Bonnie tries to make amends with her nemesis in the building, Beverly (Amy Hill). David Krumholtz returns as Gregory, Violet’s fiancé.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Maybe Baby" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When the girls run into Caroline’s newly engaged ex, Candy Andy (Ryan Hansen), Caroline wonders if she made a mistake when she sees how much he supports his fiancé’s career.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 23)

Thursday, November 26

  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Catch Queen Latifah on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She reveals her unusual first job, her first big splurge, her latest obsession and more on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation/The Office) - Rashida stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Lake Bell (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jack Black (The Brink) - Jack will be on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bradley Whitford (Trophy Wife) - Bradley appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia is a guest on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Jennifer Grey (Red Oaks/It's Like, You Know...) - Jennifer talks about her Amazon show Red Oaks on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Judith talks about Transparent on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry talks about World's Funniest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/The Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - Sofia chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A./Scrubs) - Scott appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.