Friday, September 22, 2006

Previewing TV Land/Nick@Nite Holiday Season; Tides Shift in Thursday Night Ratings

A few days back the official TV Land & Nick@Nite website, tvland.com announced some programming news for November and December for both networks. We will preview that today and have further information in the regular monthly posts we give.
Let's start with TV Land, as we mentioned before, Friday Night Movies return in October through early December. Movies airing in November are: Airplane! on November 3, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear on November 10, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on November 17. Stir Crazy will air on December 1.
I Pity the Fool
debuts October 11, and new episodes will air through November 15.
The week of November 13 is Star Trek week, tune in all week long to see special space-themed episodes of TV Land shows as well as guest appearances by members of the Star Trek cast (before they were Trekkies). Then Nov. 17-19 from 8p-8a, Captain Kirk and Crew go on a whole new voyage as Star Trek lands on TV Land! Grab your taser gun and clip on walkie-talkies and boldly go where millions have gone and see why this show remains a cult favorite. As an added bonus, catch the second Star Trek feature film Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan on Nov. 17.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with your favorite frontier family! Join the Ingalls for a special 3-hour Thanksgiving Little House feast, featuring a look back at the most memorable Little House on the Prairie moments in these heart-felt retrospective episodes. Along with the standard turkey and apple pie, you’ll get a side of family love and great memories in Walnut Grove. In these three-part special episodes "The Little House Years," the Ingalls’ share memories at the Thanksgiving table. Following the Ingalls’ Thanksgiving episodes will be a “mockumentary” about the rock group the Half Pints, which takes its name from Pa Ingalls’ nickname for middle-child Laura. The entire group even dresses like their idol (yes – even the men). The Half Pints – takin’ the prairie to the people.
Christmas comes early to TV Land this year with Yule Love Fridays, featuring Christmas episodes from your favorite shows! Deck the halls with TV Land this holiday season with episodes of The Jeffersons, Good Times, All in the Family, Three's Company, Little House, and Andy Griffith.
Could the holidays be as merry without TV Land’s annual Merry-thon? Christmas spirit, eggnog and your favorite TV friends means a jolly good time all around! Tune in to TV Land’s 7th Annual Merrython featuring classic Christmas episodes of shows like Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Andy Griffith. And in keeping with the Holiday spirit of giving, we offer an encore of Top 10 Holiday Moments. Airs Dec. 2-3 10pm-10pm & Dec 24-25 6pm-6pm.
TV Land celebrates the latest That Girl DVD release with a weekend long marathon featuring episodes of the classic series along with the TV special Free to Be You and Me. That Girl starred Marlo Thomas as an aspiring actress trying to make a living in New York. Free To Be You and Me, also featuring Marlo Thomas, was the award winning TV special all about growing up. Airs for 48 hours Dec. 9-10.
First, there were memorable moments. Then, there were unexpected ones. Now, TV Land is counting down the 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases. Who was coolness personified with “AYYYY”? Who said, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” Remember, two wild and crazy guys? See which ones make the list Monday, December 11 to Friday, December 15 at 10pm!
Tune in for New Year’s Eve marathon of all episodes starting at 7p!

And now Nick@Nite, Nick@Nite invites you to spend Thanksgiving with its top dysfunctionally functional family: The Conners. This evening-long cornucopia of difficult visitors, dinners-gone awry, tender moments and, of course, big turkeys is a warm treat that’s easy to digest! 3 hours of Roseanne on Nov. 23 from 10p-1a.
It’s that time of year again! ‘Tis the season to celebrate Christmas with Nick@Nite! Ho! Ho! Ho! meets Ha! Ha! Ha! in an all-nite marathon of holiday episodes! All the Nick@Nite families and friends gather to celebrate the magic of the season…only to see things go ridiculously awry. It’s a nite yule love! Thursday, December 7 & Sunday, December 24, 2006 from 9:00pm-6:00am. Episodes of Full House, Fresh Prince, Cosby Show, Roseanne, A Different World, and Designing Women.
This year, join Nick@Nite in saving the best for last. In what has become a year-end tradition, we reward our viewers with a week long marathon of the very best episodes of our most popular show! Think you can stay up for all of those back to back episodes? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. So, make sure to clear your schedule and get ready for some serious TV watching… it’s our holiday gift to you! Monday, December 11 to Thursday, December 14, 2006 from 10:00pm-2:00am.

And what everyone is talking about today is that the Thursday ratings tide has changed. It looks like CSI is no longer the show to beat on Thursdays, as Grey's Anatomy went head to head with it and beat it in both total viewers and adults 18-49...by a lot too! Grey's Anatomy finished with a massive 15.7/24 HH rating (25.14 million total viewers) compared to CSI's 13.5/20 HH rating (22.04 million total viewers). It was even broader in A18-49, as GA did a 10.9 rating to CSI's 7.6 rating. CSI was down 24% in viewers and 26% in A18-49 from last year, while GA was up 32% and 31%. Excellent promotion by ABC. While this is only on week, it looks like this will happen mostly every week and GA is doing even better than what everyone thought it would do vs. CSI. Is CBS in trouble for the night? I think so, as new series Ugly Betty will probably challenge Survivor next week as the leader at 8pm, too. and 10pm is up for grabs right now, ER, Shark, Six Degrees all were between 13-16 million, but we won't know really until next week on who will do what. Both Shark and Six Degrees had a big drop from its lead-ins and more drops in the second half hours. Without a Trace might be needed back for CBS faster than you think. What a night last night! More on the ratings this Sunday on our weekly ratings post!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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