Friday, September 29, 2006

Gimme a Break S2 Delayed in Canada; Nick@Nite Sked Change; The CW Sitcom Pilot Review: The Game - Premieres October 1

We have just gotten word that the Gimme a Break S2 DVD has been delayed by VEI Entertainment in Canada to early 2007. The set was set to come out this Tuesday (October 3) in Canadian stores (and online of course), but it has been delayed. They WILL release the set in early 2007--no question about that. Come on back and we will give you an exact date.

Nick@Nite has made some additional schedule changes for the schedule starting Friday, October 6. Designing Women will still debut at 12 midnight Mon-Sat, but it looks like A Different World has done poorly, because it will move from 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Mon-Sat. Fresh Prince will move from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. to take its spot, while a second Full House will be added at 9:30 p.m. To view the full changes, click here. If you're a fan of Designing Women, make sure to watch the marathon next week and watch it regularly at 12 midnight, because if you don't you'll get the same treatment as shows like Murphy Brown, Mad About You, NewsRadio and A Different World.


The Game

The Game - Sundays at 8:30PM ET/PT on The CW
Premieres October 1st at 8:30PM ET/PT

Being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player might sound like a glamorous and stress-free existence, but Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry “Sister, Sister”) is about to discover the truth. When her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall, “Miracle’s Boys”) is chosen as the new third–string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers, she decides to forgo Johns Hopkins Medical School to attend a local college so she can be with him. While Derwin worries about the plays on the field, Melanie learns how to deal with egos, groupies and image consultants.

Melanie quickly bonds with Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson, “The Steve Harvey Show”), a single mother who is the manager of her son, quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez, “For Your Love”). Taking control of his career to make sure he is getting the best deals and not getting the wrong women, Tasha is adamant that they will never be in the poor house again. Although Malik is a player on and off the field, he loves and respects him mom and encourages her to get back into the dating scene (as long as it is not someone he works with) to find happiness for herself after looking after him for all these years.

Welcoming Melanie and Derwin to the San Diego Sabers family is interracial couple Kelly (Brittany Daniel, “White Chicks”) and Jason Pitts (Coby Bell, “Third Watch”). Kelly, who always receives flack about marring her African-American husband, is the typical supportive NFL trophy wife, but as a result of meeting Melanie and Tasha, she is empowered to explore the other aspects of her life. Although her husband is a star player, he is also a notorious cheapskate and demands that the family be extremely frugal.

As Melanie adjusts to her new lifestyle, she gets a play-by-play account of the lives and relationships among NFL wives, girlfriends and mom/managers who use their best “game” help their men stay on the field and on their arm.

“The Game” is a production of Happy Camper Productions and Grammnet Productions in association with CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” “The Game”), creator Mara Brock Akil (“The Game,” “Moesha,” “The Jamie Foxx Show”) and Steve Stark serve as executive producers.

Cast: Tia Mowry
as Melanie Barnett, Brittany Daniel as Kelly Pitts, Coby Bell as Jason Pitts, Pooch Hall
as Derwin Davis, Hosea Chanchez as Malik Wright, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Tasha Mack

Read our review of the pilot episode here.

Discuss the show after you watch it on Sunday on our message board.

Related Links:

  • The CW Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • The Game Photo Gallery

  • Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Thursday, October 19

    Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

    The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

    Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

    Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

    Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Sam demands satisfaction.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

    Thursday, October 19

    • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
    • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
    • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
    • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
    • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
    • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


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