Monday, July 17, 2006

Cable Reruns of 'Two & a Half Men' to FX in 2010, 'Arrested Development' to HDnet?; TCA Tour The CW

As we have reported previously of Two & a Half Men heading to Tribune locals in fall 2007, now Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution has sold the show to cable! FX is the surprise winner and will start airing the show in a 4 year deal starting in 2010. It is reported to be for $750,000 an episode. That is only behind Seinfeld's $1 million deal an episode for TBS. So, this is a historic deal. It was predicted to come to TBS, like most hit sitcoms do, but FX surprisingly picked it up. FX will also be able to air episodes online, just like the local channels deal. FX will air the show up to 12 times a week, that includes twice on weekends--so if I do the math, twice a weekday and once each day on the weekend? Two & a Half Men airs on CBS Monday nights at 9 p.m. and is currently the highest rated sitcom on television.

Mark Cuban has yet another surprise. First he brings in Dan Rather to host a news show for his HDnet channel, now he has reportedly picked-up reruns of Arrested Development, TV Week reports!
The series, which was shot in high definition, will join a roster of recently canceled prime-time series on HDnet's schedule. Mr. Cuban acquired former CBS drama Joan of Arcadia and former Showtime series Dead Like Me in April. The deal for Arrested Development was being completed last week, days after Mr. Cuban stole the spotlight from exponentially bigger networks at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual cable press tour with an announcement that veteran former CBS newsman Mr. Rather will join HDNet, which is available in about 3 million homes. (Fully distributed cable networks are available in more than 90 million homes.)

Today The CW (the new combined The WB/UPN channel) is up at the press tour. They have announced their fall premiere dates! See below:

Wednesday, September 20
8:00-10:00 p.m. Special Two-Hour Premiere of America's Next Top Model

Friday, September 22
8:00-10:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!

Monday, September 25
8:00-9:00 p.m. 7th Heaven
9:00-10:00 p.m. Runaway

Tuesday, September 26
8:00-9:00 p.m. Gilmore Girls

Wednesday, September 27
9:00-10:00 p.m One Tree Hill

Thursday, September 28
8:00-9:00 p.m Smallville
9:00-10:00 p.m. Supernatural

Sunday, October 1
7:00-7:30 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris
7:30-8:00 p.m. All of Us
8:00-8:30 p.m. Girlfriends
8:30-9:00 p.m. The Game
9:00-10:00 p.m America's Next Top Model (Encore Presentation)

Tuesday, October 3
9:00-10:00 p.m. Veronica Mars

The CW Network welcomes superstar Whoopi Goldberg in a guest appearance on the critically acclaimed comedy series Everybody Hates Chris. The announcement was made today at the network's Summer 2006 Television Critics Association Press Tour. Goldberg will appear in two episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, which premieres October 1 (7:00-7:30 p.m. ET). She will play Louise, a woman from Queens who moves in next door to Chris' (Tyler James Williams) family, and whose granddaughter is the latest object of Chris' affections.
If The CW has anything more interesting from the TCA tour, we will post it. Keep checking back, and tomorrow will mark the first of two days at the TCA tour with ABC.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, June 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The Tesla Recoil" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard and Wolowitz are furious after they learn Sheldon went to work with the military behind their backs. Also, while Bernadette is on bed rest, she asks Raj to do some digging when she suspects Ruchi is trying to steal her job.

Young Sheldon - "Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A disappointing loss at the science fair sends Sheldon’s life in a new direction. Jason Alexander guest stars as Sheldon’s drama teacher, Mr. Lundy.

Mom - "Esta Loca and a Little Klingon" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie help Jill get sober again, and Christy’s boyfriend, Patrick (Steven Weber), is less than understanding when it ruins his birthday weekend.

Life in Pieces - "Meal Potty Cart Middle" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tim and Heather go to an expensive dinner to celebrate their anniversary, they are determined to finish every bite of their pricey 20-course meal. Also, Jen and Greg try to quickly potty-train Lark before her first day of preschool; Tyler gets jealous of the attention Clementine is getting at work; and Matt and Samantha team up for a “Middle Child Day” and go to a trapeze school. Emmy Award-winning food expert Padma Lakshmi guest stars as Stephanie, Heather and Tim’s server at an upscale restaurant.

Marlon - "Sisters" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Marlon’s (Marlon Wayans) sisters come to town, he convinces Ashley (Essence Atkins) to pretend they are still married to keep them from being disappointed. As the weekend goes on, the charade gets harder to keep up and Marlon finally confronts them in an epic confession. After receiving a psychic reading from Lenora (guest star Sherri Shepherd), Stevie (Diallo Riddle) tries to woo Yvette (Bresha Webb) as he thinks they are destined to be together.

Marlon - "Divorce Counseling" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Marlon (Marlon Wayans) and Ashley (Essence Atkins) go to see Kamala Shabazz (Kim Wayans), a strong-willed relationship therapist, to help stabilize their rocky divorce. When Marlon exposes Kamala as a fraud, he experiences a breakthrough and realizes he should change his ways. Stevie (Diallo Riddle) gives Yvette (Bresha Webb) an intense massage.

American Woman - "The Party" (Paramount Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Desperate to connect with her role model, Lori, Kathleen drags Bonnie and Diana to a party in the hills; when Diana tries to cut loose, things get out of hand; Bonnie finds herself in an exciting new position.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 18)

Thursday, June 21

  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Catch Drew on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife) - Cameron visits The Opposition with Jordan Klepper at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community) - Alison stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) - Cynthia chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig T. Nelson (Coach) - Craig drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jenny McCarthy (Two and a Half Men/Jenny) - Jenny is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob appears on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace/Ned & Stacey) - Debra talks about the launch of The Maxx You Project on People Now at 12pm.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about Hotel Transylvania 3 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris talks about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season Step by Step - The Complete First Season Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season

06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
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