Saturday, September 30, 2006

Mini-DVD Review: The Dick Tracy Show (Sept. 26)

Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at Classic Media's The Dick Tracy Show: The Complete Animated Series. This is truly a wonderful show and set. I have fond memories of watching reruns of it during the time the Dick Tracy movie came out. See My review of The Dick Tracy Show: The Complete Animated Series.

The Dick Tracy Show: The Complete Animated Series (Classic Media, $39.98) brings you every single episode of the classic '60s animated series. This set is available on a four-disc set that contains all 130 original cartoon episodes. Each episode runs around 5 minutes. I remember watching this animated series on WNYW here in NY weekday afternoons when the feature film came out in 1990 and I just loved it. My favorite villain was Pruneface. The other villains were BB Eyes, Flattop, The Mole, The Brow, Mumbles, and so many more. And of course there were the good guys, Dick Tracy, Joe Jitsu, GoGo Gomez, Hemlock Holmes, and the Retouchables. I loved it when that dog used that towel to clean his self...I found that hilarious back when I was watching the show on WNYW. The show originally aired in 1961 on WPIX. Packaging has a nice case (no box) that when you open it you will see two sides for two discs on each side. It has a nice yellow touch and the discs have cool fingerprints in different colors for each disc, along with a character. Episodes 1-32 are on disc one, episodes 33-65 on disc two, episodes 66-97 on disc three, and episodes 98-130 on disc four. The set has no special features, but having these episodes in original form is more than enough! The menu screen is very simple and easy to navigate. And the video and audio is very good for a series this old. I really suggest you to go out and buy this because this show is so good. I loved it back in 1990 and love it now, too. So, calling all cars, The Dick Tracy Show DVD from Classic Media is a must buy and make sure you have on your two-way wrist radio watches when watching this DVD!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Yesterday we brought you the review for the new CW sitcom The Game. I hope everyone didn't miss reading that. If you did, click HERE to view that. Don't forget to watch the series premiere tomorrow on The CW!

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.

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  • Thursday, September 28, 2006

    i Network Saturday Marathon Episodes; Three's Company Season 8 DVD Review; Ugly Betty - New Series Premieres TONIGHT

    The i Network has announced the episode info for their Saturday marathons for October. The Monkees, Welcome Back Kotter, and The Partridge Family will be airing Oct, 7, 14 and 21. We have the episodes for those marathons now! We still don't have the launch marathon episodes for Amen, which launches Oct. 28.
    The Saturday marathons starting Oct. 7 will be cut to 8:30-10pm instead of 8-10pm. At 8 p.m. they will air a new half-hour weekly series called i Health Presents ... The series will take a look at cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, among other health issues.
    As for the episode info for the Saturday marathons, click HERE.

    The Three's Company Season 8 DVD comes out next Tuesday (Oct. 3), and we have already reviewed it for you. The eight and final season features 21 memorable episodes with great special features, including hilarious bloopers and a feature called "John Ritter: Working with a Master." The set is great and it is a great way to end the series on DVD. Also, I have started a campaign to push DLT Entertainment and Anchor Bay to release the spin-offs (The Ropers, Three's a Crowd) on DVD. Please e-mail them and let them know we need these shows on DVD, too: TVonDVD@anchorbayent.com and 3sco@dltentertainment.com. Please do it, because it will make a difference. To read my review of the season 8 DVD go to my website (DVDs section) or you can read it right here at SitcomsOnline.com.

    We have given you sitcom pilot reviews of every sitcom so far that has aired ('Til Death, Happy Hour, The Class, Help Me Help You). Tonight a one-hour comedy is premiering on ABC called Ugly Betty. This show is labeled as a comedy and is one-hour, so we won't give you a review on it, but I saw the pilot before and it is VERY good. I highly recommend you to watch it. Most are calling this one of the best new series and I also would put it up there among those. So, tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT for a truly charming and funny show called Ugly Betty.
    Tomorrow we will have a pilot review of the new CW sitcom The Game, which premieres this Sunday. So come on back!

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    TV Land Officially Announces M*A*S*H Coming in January; Celebrity Jeopardy!

    Last week we gave you word that TV Land has bought reruns of M*A*S*H to start this January. Today, TV Land officially announced it. And we were correct, they will share the series with The Hallmark Channel. Meaning, TV Land will have access to air the episodes in primetime and overnight (8pm-8am ET/PT), while Hallmark gets mornings and afternoons (8am-8pm).
    TV Land has secured the exclusive primetime and overnight rights to all 255 episodes of Twentieth Television's M*A*S*H - one of the most successful shows ever seen on television - beginning in January 2007, it was announced today. M*A*S*H will join TV Land's line-up with a special week-long primetime and overnight showcase (8PM - 8AM, all times ET/PT) from January 1 through Sunday, January 7, 2007.
    Throughout the week, TV Land will complement classic episodes of M*A*S*H with specials, including the shows' 20th and 30th Anniversary retrospectives, the original M*A*S*H movie, the shows' landmark series finale and other M*A*S*H themed programming. The M*A*S*H finale remains one of the most successful show installments in television history and - when broadcast in 1983 - was a major programming milestone which attracted over 105 million viewers, the largest TV audience ever.
    Read the full press release here.

    To celebrate Jeopardy!’s 5,000th episode milestone, America’s Favorite Quiz Show® rolls out the red carpet to celebrities such as, James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Regis Philbin (Live with Regis & Kelly), Rachael Ray (Rachel Ray Show), Martin Short and Curt Schilling. They will join a variety of other TV stars, newsmakers and pop culture icons for the show’s most “famous” competition of all — Celebrity Jeopardy!
    The two-week competition features stars competing for at least $1 million to be donated to their special causes. Celebrity Jeopardy! tapes at the historic Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 5, 7 and 8 and is slated for broadcast nationwide Wednesday, Nov. 8, to Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006.
    Among the other celebs include sitcom stars Joely Fisher ('Til Death), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Jane Kaczmarek (Help Me Help You), and Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers, Frasier). To view the full list and press release, click here.

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Syndication Deals for 'Hope & Faith', 'Cops', 'Degrassi'; TV Land/Nick@Nite November

    WE tv has acquired all 73 episodes of the sitcom Hope & Faith, which ABC canceled in May after a three-season run.
    The series, starring Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford, will premiere on WE in an all-day post-Thanksgiving marathon (Nov. 24) from 12 noon to 10 p.m. and will assume its regular time slot, weekdays at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 27. Dharma & Greg, will lead into the Hope & Faith block.

    Comcast's G4 cable network has agreed to pay up $16 million for a shared window to reruns of Twentieth TV's Cops, Variety reports. G4 chief exec Neal Tiles declined to discuss license fees but said the net has committed to 160 half-hour episodes of Cops and will run six episodes a day beginning in December or January: two in primetime, two latenight and two in daytime. License term is three years at a cost of about $100,000 an episode.
    G4 will share Cops with Court TV, which has the rights to a different set of episodes, stripping two of them back-to-back every weeknight at 7.

    Program Partners has acquired the U.S. broadcast syndication rights to Degrassi: The Next Generation to run as a strip beginning in the fall of 2007.
    Degrassi: The Next Generation is a runaway hit on The N, the nighttime digital cable network for teens owned by MTV Networks.

    A few days back we detailed the November/December highlights for TV Land and Nick@Nite. Today, we will give you the full details on their November schedules. The Munsters is expiring from TV Land and will be replaced by The Brady Bunch on Thursdays and Leave it to Beaver on Sundays. We have also learned that Star Trek will air everyday at 6 a.m. and everynight at 11 p.m., moving Three's Company to 12 midnight and 12:30 a.m. ET/PT, meaning the 12-4am marathons are now cut to 1-4am. Star Trek's launch will be Nov. 17-19, 8am-8pm on those days, but the week of Nov. 13 will have special blocks like Before they Were Trekkies and Spaced-Theme Sitcom Episodes. We will see the cast on other shows such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Miami Vice and MacGyver. And see spaced-theme episode of the sitcoms Benson, I Love Lucy, Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Wings, Green Acres, and Night Court. And for more on that and all of TV Land November, click here.
    As for Nick@Nite, they won't make any changes to the line-up, but like we mentioned will have stunts for SpongeBob (yes on Nick@Nite) and a Thanksgiving marathon for Roseanne. Details on November is here.

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    ABC Sitcom Pilot Review: Help Me Help You - Premieres September 26th

    Help Me Help You

    Help Me Help You - Tuesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC
    Premieres September 26th at 9:30PM ET/PT

    Ted Danson ("Cheers," "Becker") stars in this comedy series about a collection of eccentric individuals in group therapy with a respected therapist -- who may quite possibly have more problems than his patients.

    Dr. Bill Hoffman (Danson) is a brilliant therapist with a lucrative practice and the author of several definitive psychotherapy texts. He is an icon among his fellow therapists. But his over-inflated ego is dealt a blow when he is forced to come to grips with the end of his 25-year marriage to wife Anne (guest star Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle"). Bill is also forced to deal with the news that his daughter is dating her psychology professor -- a man old enough to be her father and who also happens to idolize him. Things are changing too fast, and Bill is struggling to keep up.

    When it comes to the group patients, Bill also has his work cut out for him: The newest group member, Dave (Charlie Finn, the film "The Dukes of Hazzard"), recently attempted suicide by jumping out of his office window -- and landing on his boss; Jonathan (Jim Rash, "Sky High") is a self-avowed metro-sexual who is in serious denial that he might possibly be gay; Inger (Suzy Nakamura, "Dodgeball") is a 25-year-old, self-made millionaire who totally lacks social skills and hasn't had a real date in over six years; Darlene (Darlene Hunt, "I Heart Huckabees") has too many psychological issues to count, including her obsession with Dr. Hoffman; and Michael (Jere Burns, "Good Morning Miami," "Dear John") has anger issues at work, which is what led him into mandatory group therapy.

    The group will try to apply Bill's advice to their lives out in the world, while Bill tries to figure out his own life problems.

    "Help Me Help You" was created by Jennifer Konner & Alexandra Rushfield ("Undeclared"), who also serve as executive producers, along with Alex Reid ("Malcolm in the Middle"). The show is from Regency Television.

    Cast: Ted Danson as Dr. Bill Hoffman, Charlie Finn as Dave, Jim Rash as Jonathan,
    Suzy Nakamura as Inger, Darlene Hunt as Darlene, Jere Burns as Michael.

    Read our review of the pilot and 3rd episode here.

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

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2006

    Week 1 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

    Week 1 numbers (first four nights of the season, Mon-Thu):

    Households: CBS: 9.3/14.7; ABC: 8.7/13.6; NBC: 7.4/11.6; Fox: 4.8/7.3; The CW: 2.4/3.8.
    Total Viewers: CBS: 14.68 million; ABC: 13.09 million; NBC: 11.55 million; Fox 7.51: 7.98 million; The CW: 3.77 million.
    Adults 18-49: ABC 4.7/12.4; CBS: 4.6/12.2; NBC: 4.2/11.2; Fox: 2.9/7.7; The CW: 1.7/4.7.

    Analysis: The first four nights of the season had the big three each doing very well. And it looks like it will come down to tonight (Sunday) on who will win the week...and guess what? All three will do well tonight, too. Friday and Saturday numbers are not above, but those are slow nights. ABC's Grey's Anatomy and CBS's CSI battled Thursdays at 9pm and the result was surprising. ABC and CBS lead the pack so far with NBC close behind. On Monday, NBC's Deal or No Deal helped win the night with 15.76 million for its two-hour premiere, but CBS's CSI: Miami won the last hour with 17.62 million. NBC's Studio 60 opened so-so with 13.41 million (with a drop in its second half). Let's see how it does tomorrow. If it can have 13-14 million or so each week, then NBC will take it. If it goes under 10-11 million, then we have a bust. Tuesday, it was ABC's turn of excellence as Dancing with the Stars did 18.17 million for two-hours. CBS and NBC did good too as all their shows were above 10 million. Fox's House did well, too. CBS's Smith and ABC's Boston Legal at 10 p.m. saw drops in its second half hours--should be concering. Wednesday it was CBS's turn to win viewers, as the dramas from 9-11pm won their hours. ABC won the opening hour with Dancing with the Stars: The Results doing 15.03 million. CBS's Jericho opened decently with 11.66 million. NBC had a night to forget as their night was just at 7.31 million. And The CW opened nicely with the season premiere of America's Next Top Model. On Thursday we saw a historic night as ABC's red-hot drama Grey's Anatomy moved to its new night and time and came in and just swept CSI away in everything! Seriously! 25.41 million tuned in for the season premiere and an outstanding 11.0/26 A18-49 rating. Just unbelievable. CSI did 22.57 million and a 7.7/18 A18-49 rating. I think we will see this every week, but total viewers might vary from each week (GA should win on most nights), but expect GA to win 18-49 by a lot each week. A clip special of GA did even 13.7 million at 8 p.m. CBS looks like misses Without a Trace at 10 p.m. as Shark didn't premiere that well and dropped in its second half hour. 14.47 million tuned in. ABC premiered Six Degrees and had the same problem, 12.56 million tuned in. ER won the hour with 15.59 million. Friday (numbers not counted in our ratings), saw CBS's dramas so well, and NBC saw Deal or No Deal and Law & Order do decently. ABC saw some good numbers for Men in Trees. Saturday ratings saw ABC win with College Football. Tonight will be the deciding factor. Can CBS compete with NBC's NFL coverage? ABC will have no problem getting viewers, especially Desperate Housewives. Look for ABC to win the demo tonight and maybe total viewers, but that depends on how much new series Brothers & Sisters does. Without a Trace moves to its new night and time tonight at 10...will viewers follow? Or will CBS force it to move back to Thursdays? Time will tell. I expect ABC to win the week in demos and CBS in total viewers, with ABC a solid second. NBC should be third in everything. Fox is waiting for American Idol, because their fall is a big mess. As for new series, nothing has broke out yet, maybe Brothers & Sisters tonight will, but I have all bets on Ugly Betty on Thursdays.

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of Sept. 11-17)

    • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did nothing with 4.37 million, but an all-new episode at 8pm did well with 9.01 million and a decent 4.2/11 A18-49 rating.
    • 'Til Death (Fox) -Repeat at 7:30pm did 5.23 million...not bad.
    • American Dad (Fox) - 7.71 million is good, but lead-in did 9.01 million. Lost a little too much.
    • Family Guy (Fox) - 9.23 million and a 4.5/11 A18-49 rating. Very good.
    • The War at Home (Fox) - 6.75 million and 3.3/8 A18-49 rating. Yikes, big drop. They should move this to Thursdays at 8:30 and air a repeat of Family Guy or Simpsons at 9:30 for now.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • The Class (CBS) - Series premiere was on-par with King of Queens from last year, with a 6.9/11 HH rating, 10.48 million viewers, and a so-so 3.6/10 A18-49 rating. CBS should be expecting a bit more.
    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Second season premiere did decent, built on A18-49 with a 3.8/10, and held 100% of the lead-in's viewers with 10.48 million. HH rating went a bit down to 6.8/10. Decent start.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Season premiere did 15.09 million, but last season finale's 15.51 million, so slightly down, but certainly good.
    • New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - 12.01 million tuned in for the second season premiere, down from the 13.06 million from the season finale.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    None.

    Wednesday Sitcoms

    None.

    Thursday Sitcoms
    • My Name is Earl (NBC) - In its new slot, the sitcom's second season premiere premiered to so-so numbers with 8.86 million and a 3.8/11 A18-49 rating.
    • The Office (NBC) - Season premiere was on par with last year's premiere, but this time it built on its lead-in. A very good sign. 9.11 million and a 4.3/11 A18-49 rating.
    • 'Til Death (Fox) - Episode 3 of this terrible sitcom reached another low with just 5.78 million and a pathetic 2.2/7 A18-49 rating. Pattern will continue next week with numbers probably even lower.
    • Happy Hour (Fox) - Episode 3 of this even worse sitcom did just like its lead-in, go down more. 4.4 million and an anemic 1.7/4 A18-49 rating. And guess what? Fox has benched this show starting this week. Repeats of 'Til November, err 'Til Death will take its spot.
    Friday Sitcoms
    None.

    Saturday Sitcoms
    None.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are repeats of Everybody Hates Chris from 7-8pm on The CW and the Fox animated sitcom block of The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy and the live-action sitcom The War at Home. We will have the numbers for these next week.

    Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and The New Adventures of Old Christine were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as The Class and My Name is Earl) or just plain old terrible (such as 'Til Death and Happy Hour).

    Saturday, September 23, 2006

    Mini-DVD Reviews: The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest and The Benny Hill Show Set 5 (Sept. 26)

    Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at Universal Home Video's The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest and The Benny Hill Show Set 5. Both have loads of laughs. See for yourself by reading our reviews. See Shawn Eaton's mini-DVD review of The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest and My review of The Benny Hill Show Set 5.

    The Munsters: Two-Movie Fright Fest (Universal, $19.98) brings the classic TV series as feature movies. America's first family of fright make their way to DVD in this very special release. Following their highly popular TV series (which is still going strong in reruns on cable -- TV Land), original cast members Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne DeCarlo (Lily) and Al Lewis (Grandpa) reunited in two movies -- giving us the Munsters as they were never before seen -- in color! In 1966's "Munster, Go Home!" (1 hr. 37 mins), Herman moves the family to an English estate he inherited. Starring in this are Gwynne, DeCarlo, Lewis and original cast member Butch Patrick (Eddie). Red-headed Debbie Watson portrays Marilyn. Guest stars include Bernard Fox ("Bewitched") and Richard Dawson ("Hogan's Heroes"). In 1981's "The Munsters Revenge" (1 hr. 37 mins), Sid Caesar stars as Dr. Diablo, who concots a plan to create robot "Munsters" to pull off a series of art heists. Starring in this are Gwynne, DeCarlo and Lewis. KC Martell portrays Eddie while Marilyn is recast again, this time with blonde Jo McDonnell. The cover art is neat in that the case is like a regular movie release case (a snap-case), but the cover you can slide off. The cover is a spider web that covers the main box. On the main cover is the original cast (Gwynne, DeCarlo, Lewis and Patrick) along with Debbie Watson (Marilyn in "Munster, Go Home!"), who's now blonde! The menu is simple. It features a spider-web and the two movies are listed that you can pick from. Both selections take you to a sub-menu that allows you to choose English or Spanish subtitles. Closed captioning is available.
    The video is presented in both Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) or Full Frame (1.33:1) -- and in color (although personally, I turned the color all the way to black and white -- it really brings back the feel of the show doing so). To get the movies in wide-screen, you're TV should already either be wide-screen or you might have a menu selection that allows you to pick wide-screen. I did and it does make the movie wide-screen. The audio is Dolby Digital Mono. And on a side-note, the movies are clearly remastered. The color is vibrant and dust and debris free. There are chapter skips available during the movies so you can jump around to different parts.
    So in closing, I was very happy to get both of these on DVD; they are a must have for any Munsters fan! It's nice both movies are on the same disc. No special features are included but regardless of that, these movies haven't been in print for a while (although I did find both in a cheap bin at Best Buy a few years prior) so you should definitely shell out the 20 bucks to get these -- two movies for the price of one. You can't beat that!

    -- Reviewed by Shawn Eaton
    (5/5 stars)

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    The Benny Hill Show, Complete And Unadulterated: The Hill's Angels Years - Set 5 (A&E, $49.95) brings the next 9 episodes from the classic British series to DVD. This set is available on a three-disc set that contains 9 classic hours from 1982-1985. Hill's Angels join the cast and my they are so good. Benny got even naughtier when they arrived! Each episode runs about 50-52 minutes. Packaging is very similar to the first four sets. The set even has special features. "Hill's Angels Off the Record" runs 11:56 and is produced by A&E and has interviews with some of the Hill's Angels--they share a lot and it is very interesting to watch. Then there is the little trivia game you can play titled "The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz #5." The menu screen has video clips to start off then the main menu comes, and the art is like the cover art. Episode numbers are on each main menu then when selected, you get to a skit selection screen, or you can just play the episode straight through. Chapter skips are also there, if you need them. Now, if my calculations are correct, we should have one more final set with about 8 episodes. Let's hope we get those episodes very soon on DVD. I liked Benny Hill even better in the 1980s years, so I'm sure many others do, too, and this DVD is great to watch because you'll die of laughing. Don't show this to little kids, because Benny is very naughty!
    -- Reviewed by Pavan
    (4/5 stars)

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    Stay tuned tomorrow for our first week ratings blog for the 2006-07 season and on Monday a review for the new sitcom Help Me Help You, premiering this Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

    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!

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    ABC Schedule Notes; New Sitcom 'The Game' Gets Lawsuit?

    ABC has made some changes for its line-up next week. They will remove the encore of last season's Lost finale on Monday from 9-11pm with another Wife Swap and a Men in Trees encore. That was probably a better choice. Also, they will now air a special 20/20 next Wednesday at 10 p.m. replacing an encore of Men in Trees. The 20/20 Special will be with Barbara Walters as she interviews the widow of the late Steve Irwin.
    ABC also will repurpose the pilot for the highly anticipated new series Ugly Betty on ABC Family and SOAPnet. Ugly Betty premieres next Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC, and will encore next Friday at 7 p.m. on ABC Family and next Saturday at 12 noon and 11:59pm on SOAPnet. Betty has a chance of being the highest rated new shows this season.
    ABC also announced that SOAPnet will encore the first season of What About Brian on Sundays from 12-2pm for the next three weeks, leading up to the second season premiere Mon. Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

    Author Staci Robinson is suing The CW, its owners and some producers for $40 million for allegedly stealing the concept of her unpublished novel to create the sitcom The Game, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The writer claims that in 2001, she had interviewed for a job as a writers assistant at Kelsey Grammer's Gramnet Prods. when she gave a manuscript of her novel to The Game executive producer Mara Brock Akil. The suit, filed Sept. 14, alleges that the series copies her premise and the characters in the book. She names the CW and its owners, CBS and Warner Bros., Akil and Gramnet as defendants. Besides the hefty monetary damages, Robinson is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep the network from premiering the show on Sunday, Oct. 1. Yikes...

    Wednesday, September 20, 2006

    TV Land Changes This Weekend's Schedule; CBS 'Mother' Karaoke Contest

    TV Land announced they will make a change this weekend expanding the westerns and The Andy Griffith Show. On Saturday they will air Bonanza from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. followed by The Andy Griffith Show from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. On Sunday they will air Gunsmoke from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. followed by the previously scheduled CASA Family Night stunt from 9-11 p.m. and The Andy Griffith Show from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. View the changes here.

    CBS Television Stations announced the launch of a cross-country karaoke contest tied to the hit CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother. Throughout September, the station group is sponsoring karaoke contests at venues in nine major markets across the U.S., with each local winner being flown to Los Angeles for a final match-up. The winner of that contest will receive a walk-on role on the hit CBS comedy. Each market event will include local sponsorship. his promotion is the perfect marriage between a young, popular sitcom and an interactive experience that has become extremely popular with this audience, said Julio Marenghi, President, Sales, CBS Television Stations. We think this cross-country karaoke contest is a great way to promote How I Met Your Mother while inviting its fans to be a part of the show, and it also presents a great opportunity for local sponsors seeking new and exciting ways to reach viewers. We look forward to doing more events like this in the future. The contest will be promoted in each market with on-air promos and on each participating stations website. Twenty contestants in each market will be chosen at random, and a panel of celebrity judges will determine which lucky winner goes to the next level the final match-up in Los Angeles with the winners from all the other markets. Cast members from the series will then help choose the winner. Viewers can also go online to each participating stations website to see the local winners performances and choose their favorite.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    TV Land to Add 'That Girl' & 'M*A*S*H', Rembering Herbert Rudley

    We mentioned before that the '60s sitcom That Girl is coming to TV Land in December, but at that time we announced it would be on TVLand.com only, but TV Land has now also booked a 48-hour marathon of the show, plus the special Free To Be You and Me, the weekend of Dec. 9-10. Will That Girl air as a regular on TV Land? That is still yet to be determined. It could or it could be like Daniel Boone and just air for a week or two and remain on TVLand.com.
    And the landmark sitcom M*A*S*H is coming to TV Land in January. I guess it will be a shared deal with Hallmark Channel, but I'm not positive yet. TV Land will have a week-long celebration from Jan. 1-7, with classic episodes and the 20th & 30th anniversary specials, and stars on other shows. It should be a fun week for fans of that show.

    And one of our readers e-mailed us and told us that sitcom actor Herbert Rudley has passed away on Sept. 9. He hasn't acted since the early '80s, but he has a massive list of credits from the '40s to the '80s. His sitcom credits include The Mothers-In-Law, My Living Doll, Green Acres, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, House Calls, and so many more. Thanks to Frank in letting us know. Mr. Rudley was 95.

    Monday, September 18, 2006

    Two Sitcom Stars Pass Away; First Day of Fall Season; Fox Adds More Shows to Broadband Player

    SitcomsOnline.com today mourns the loss of two sitcom stars. One at 76 and one at only 19. Pat Corley, best known as the barkeep Phil on Murphy Brown, died of heart failure on Monday, Sept. 11 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Corley has guest starred on many sitcoms before such Mr. Belvedere, Coach, House Calls, Domestic Life, He's the Mayor, Night Court and the Saved by the Bell Wedding in Las Vegas. He has guest starred on many TV dramas as well, such as The Waltons, Starsky & Hutch, L.A. Law, Falcon Crest, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere and so many more. He was a great character actor and we will certainly miss him.
    And we have some tragic news on a sitcom star that was only 19 years old. Pablo Santos, best known for his role on the WB short-lived sitcom Greetings from Tucson, died Friday in a small-plane crash in central Mexico. Santos and six friends were flying from Monterrey to Acapulco when their Piper Malibu crashed during an emergency landing at the airport in Toluca, about 35 miles west of Mexico City, the Mexico State Security Agency said. The plane was owned by Santos' father. The crash also claimed the life of Santos' friend, Martel Fernandez, 19, who died early Saturday at a Toluca hospital. Officials were investigating the cause of the crash. In his short lived career he had guest starred on TV series such as Alias, Law & Order: SVU, Boston Public and The Shield. Such a tragic story and we want to send condolences to his family.

    Today is the first official day of the 2006-07 TV season. Let's get yet another season started! I personally can't wait for new shows such as Knights of Prosperity, The Class, Six Degrees and Ugly Betty. And I am now a recent fan of Grey's Anatomy thanks to the DVDs, and I can't wait until that season premiere this Thursday.

    Fox Broadcasting Company will stream free episodes of 'Til Death, Happy Hour and Justice on dozens of Internet portals and websites beginning today. The promotional episodes will be available at no charge and commercial-free to viewers across multiple portals and websites, including the network's own FOX.com as well as Google Video, Yahoo!, TVGuide.com and IGN.com, among others.
    More than 40 portals and websites will stream two full episodes each of 'Til Death & Happy Hour and one episode of Justice. Each episode will be available online as early as the morning following its initial broadcast on FOX, through 3:00 PM ET on the next episode's air date.

    Sunday, September 17, 2006

    Summer Week 16 Sitcom Ratings

    The summer is now over! Tomorrow is the official start of the 2006-07 season! So, for next week's rating, we will be back with our full analysis, and of course our sitcom ratings!
    Week 16 (Final Week!!) Summer Ratings: Sitcom Edition:

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Aired at 8 p.m. this week because of Bush's speech, did only 5.78 million. Season premiere airs tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - Due to Bush's speech from 9-9:20, the sitcom aired at 9:30, did OK with 7.2 million, down from its usual repeat numbers.
    • The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - Aired at 8:30 p.m. because of Bush's speech, 5.53 million tuned in.
    • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends, Half & Half (UPN) - UPN is gone mostly everywhere now, as MyNetworkTV has taken a majority of the affiliates, so the numbers are again (like last week) just way way down. These sitcoms ranged from 640,000 to 930,000 viewers.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    Nothing tonight and probably we will have to wait until Sept. 26 for a sitcom on this night.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • UPN Comedies: Special airings of Chris, All of Us, and Half & Half...8-10pm ranged from 730,000 to 890,000. Again remember, UPN is gone mostly everywhere now.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • 'Til Death (Fox) - Down considerably from its premiere, with 6.55 million, 4.4/8 HH rating and 2.5/8 A18-49 rating. As last week we saw: 8.82 million, 5.7/10 HH rating, 3.1/10 A18-49 rating. Expect a more drop this week as NBC debuts its comedies and the week after ABC brings in a high profile new series.
    • Happy Hour (Fox) - Down from last week's terrible premiere. 5.38 million, 3.6/6 HH rating and just a 2.2/6 A18-49 rating. Last week: 6.97 million, 4.5/7 HH rating, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating. Pattern will be continuing.
    • Everybody Hates Chris, Love Inc, Eve, Cuts (UPN) - Again a reminder, UPN is gone in most areas. Numbers are even down from normal: ranges from 700,000 to 1.1 million.
    Friday Sitcoms
    • What I Like About You, Twins, Reba, Living with Fran (The WB) - Now they are all gone! No more!!! Yay!!!
    Tonight (Sunday) Fox has its comedy block from 8-10pm with The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, and The War at Home. Simpsons and 'Til Death repeats will air from 7-8pm. We will have a full report next week.

    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    CBS Sitcom Pilot Review: The Class - Premieres September 17th; My Name Is Earl Soundtrack Review; Bob Newhart's Book Review

    The Class

    The Class - Mondays at 8:00PM ET/PT on CBS
    Premieres September 18th at 8:00PM ET/PT

    THE CLASS is a comedy about the lives of a group of 20-somethings inextricably bound together by sharing the same third grade class. Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter) is head-over-heels in love with his fiancé, for whom he has planned the ultimate surprise party -- a reunion with their third grade classmates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day they met. The classmates include Lina Warbler (Heather Goldenhersh), who wears her heart on her sleeve and remains optimistic about love although she was recently dumped; her cynical twin sister, Kat Warbler (Lizzy Kaplan), whose sarcastic tongue hides her kind heart; Duncan Carmello (Jon Bernthal), the well-liked boy in school who is in a band and still lives with his mother Tina (Julie Halston) with whom he constantly bickers; Kyle Lendo (Sean Maguire), who every girl had a crush on and is now happily in love with his live-in boyfriend; Richie Velch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), a happy kid whose life has gone downhill since third grade until the reunion invitation sparked his curiosity; Holly Ellenbogen (Lucy Punch), whose heart was broken when Kyle cheated on her at the high school prom and can't wait to show him what a successful news anchor she's become and how happily married she is now to Perry (Sam Harris); and pretty, popular Nicole Allen (Andrea Anders), who was once in love with Duncan (Jon Bernthal) and is now the unfulfilled trophy wife of legendary football star/BBQ-grill spokesman Yonk Allen (David Keith). Two decades later, a group of grade-schoolers' lives intersect once again, giving them the uncommon opportunity to learn how everyone turned out and to rebuild old friendships.

    PRODUCED BY: craneklarik productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik and James Burrows

    Cast: Jason Ritter as Ethan Haas, Lizzy Caplan as Kat Warbler, Heather Goldenhersh as Lina Warbler, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Richie Velch, Jon Bernthal as Duncan Carmello, Sean Maguire as Kyle Lendo, Lucy Punch as Holly Ellenbogen, Andrea Anders as Nicole Allen

    Read our review of the pilot and second episode here.

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

    Related Links:

  • CBS.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • The Class Photo Gallery

    Related Stories:

  • Jason Ritter goes to head of 'Class'
  • STAGE TO SCREENS: Chats with "Class" Actors Halston, Ferguson, Goldenhersh and Harris
  • Sara Gilbert Takes The Class
  • The Class at Classmates.com


    My Name Is Earl - The Album

    My Name Is Earl - The Album (Shout! Factory, MSRP: $18.98)

    The soundtrack to the #1 NBC comedy features brand-new, never-before-released tracks from Matthew Sweet, Uncle Kracker, John Hiatt and rock newcomers Van Nuys, recorded exclusively for the soundtrack. In addition, the album includes some of Earl’s favorite songs used in episodes which aired during the premiere ’05-’06 season. The soundtrack also contains key sound bytes from the show, and an unheard vocal version of the “My Name Is Earl” theme song.

    Here is the track listing:

    1. I'm The Bandit (TV Dialogue) (:13)
    2. Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down (From the Movie "Smokey and the Bandit") (From "Stole Beer From a Golfer" Episode) (2:46)
    3. Uncle Kracker - The Weight (New Recording) (Original Version by The Band is in "Monkeys in Space" Episode) (4:58)
    4. Los Lobos - One Time One Night (From "Didn't Pay Taxes" Episode) (4:50)
    5. Young M.C. - Bust a Move (From "Ruined Joy's Wedding" Episode) (4:23)
    6. Matthew Sweet - Livin' Thing (New Recording) (Original Version by ELO is in "Quit Smoking" Episode) (3:39)
    7. Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock - It Takes two (From the series "Pilot" and "Bounty Hunter" Episodes) (5:00)
    8. Sammy Davis, Jr. - Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (From "Quit Smoking" Episode) (3:03)
    9. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps (From "Ruined Joy's Wedding" Episode) (4:40)
    10. Harry Nilsson - Joy (From "Something To Live For" Episode) (3:43)
    11. Jerry Reed - Amos Moses (From "Teacher Earl" Episode) (2:26)
    12. John Hiatt - Instant Karma (New Recording) (Original Version by John Lennon - not used in any episode)
    13. Nescobar-a-lop-lop and the Camden County Band - What Goes Around Comes Around (My Name Is Earl theme song - vocal version) (3:09)
    14. Van Nuys - 99 Red Balloons (Original Version by Nena is in the "Pilot" Episode) (3:37)

    My Review: There is a ton of music used in every My Name Is Earl episode. Most episodes used 3-6 songs. By my own unofficial count going by various online music lists (hey NBC, please update your site - it only goes up to episode 9!), there were around 100 songs used in season 1. Breaking down the 14 tracks on the soundtrack: there are 8 songs that were originally in the episodes, 3 covers of songs that were in the episodes, 2 songs not featured in any episode, and 1 quote.
    I love My Name Earl and the music they select for the episodes, but this soundtrack was a bit of a letdown and could have been so much better. There is a little over 50 minutes worth of music here. I think they could have added a few additional songs. Some great classics would have been awesome on here: George Thorogood & The Destroyers - "Who Do You Love?" and "Bad to the Bone"; Ram Jam - "Black Betty"; The Chamber Brothers - "Time Has Come Today," Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear the Reaper," Wilson Pickett - "Mustang Sally," and Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "Takin' Care of Business" and "Roll on Down the Highway." If they could include 2 Jerry Reed songs, why not Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'"? I guess it all comes down to music licensing rights and what they are able to get. I would have loved to hear a few of the memorable score tracks by composers Danny Lux and Mark Leggett. My favorite songs on this compilation were the 2 Jerry Reed songs, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Three Steps," and Harry Nilsson's "Joy." The cover songs and new recordings were ok. My favorite of the bunch was Uncle Kracker's "The Weight." The vocal version of the theme wasn't my taste. I'm glad they just use a simple instrumental theme for the opening credits. The quotes that they tacked on the end of most of the songs were funny and memorable, but I would have preferred them as separate tracks. The booklet includes some notes from Earl to his brother Randy and a number of photos of the cast. Recommended for die-hard Earl fans and for people who like the artists that have new recordings on this soundtrack.

    -- Reviewed by Todd
    (3/5 stars)

    To purchase the CD, click below and help support SitcomsOnline.com:
    Amazon.com

    Don't forget My Name Is Earl - Season One will be available on DVD on September 19th. It has all 24 season episode episodes and is jam-packed with extras. Look for our detailed review in the next day or so on our main page, DVD Reviews archive page, or via our RSS feed.

    Related Links:

  • My Name Is Earl Official Site at NBC.com
  • My Name Is Earl Fan Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • My Name Is Earl Message Board
  • My Name Is Earl Photo Gallery


    Bob Newhart "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! (And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny)(Hyperion, $23.95) brings the TV legend as an author! We reviewed his stand-up concert last week and now we will take a look at his book! On September 19, when you purchase The Bob Newhart Show Season 4 on DVD (see our main reviews page for a review), take a look around for his newly released book, I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! (And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny). Bob Newhart brings his classic brand of wry humor to this 239 page book. Some would call it an autobiography, but I would say it's simply Newhart's way of making America laugh at what has occurred to him through the years.
    Bob Newhart's television shows include the hits The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. He's guest-hosted for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 87 times and he's starred in numerous major motion pictures throughout the years and recently has made several guest apperances on some hit shows, such as Desperate Housewives and ER for which he even earned an Emmy nomination!
    In this book, Newhart gives his brilliant views on many topics, ranging from flying, family holidays, golf, his life as an accountant to his years as TV show star. He also tosses in some very funny stories fromm his life and career.
    Such is the life of Bob Newhart, America's favorite comedian, so make September 19 'Bob Newhart Day' and pick up his book, his television show and his newly released concert "Bob Newhart Button Down Concert."
    -- Reviewed by Shawn Eaton
    (5/5 stars)

    To purchase the book, click below and help support SitcomsOnline.com:
    Amazon.com

    Related links:
    Bob's official website
  • Friday, September 15, 2006

    TBS Adds 'NewsRadio', Other TBS Highlights

    TBS has finally announced the missing slots in its October schedule. We previously announced that sitcom The King of Queens will air weekdays at 5 & 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8 & 8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 2, along with The Megan Mullally Show coming Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. weekdays (that forces them to push back Saved by the Bell from 6-8am). Now they have set the other changes that we have talked about. Weekdays at 12 & 12:30 p.m. will be another hour of Home Improvement (it will also air in its new slot of 3 & 3:30 p.m.), then at 1 p.m. they will add the sitcom NewsRadio to its line-up, followed by The Cosby Show at 1:30 p.m. and back-to-back episodes of The Steve Harvey Show at 2 & 2:30 p.m. So, NewsRadio will be on two cable channels now, TBS weekday afternoons and Nick@Nite late nights on weekends. Sometimes the TBS movie at 10 a.m. will run to 12:30 p.m., so when that happens, Home Improvement will air 12:30 & 1, then NewsRadio at 1:30. Also, Bosom Buddies will be replaced on Saturdays at 6 & 6:30 a.m. starting Oct. 7 by The Drew Carey Show. Here are the fall highlights and specials:
    * EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND Marathon – Sunday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
    One of the most popular comedies of all time will make for the perfect autumn warmer as TBS presents 12 straight episodes of fun with the Barone family.
    * THE KING OF QUEENS Marathon – Sunday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
    As a build-up to the launch of TBS’s latest addition to its comic line-up, the “very funny” network presents 12 memorable episodes from this blue-collar comedy.
    * HOME IMPROVEMENT Thanksgiving Day Marathon – Thursday, Nov. 23, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tim Allen’s hilarious comedy about a television fix-it man, his wife and three sons gets a six-hour marathon, a perfect addition to any family Thanksgiving gathering.
    * SAVED BY THE BELL Day-After-Thanksgiving Marathon – Friday, Nov. 24, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    What could be better than fighting crowds at malls on the first day of the holiday shopping season? Spending four hours with Zack, A.C., Screech, Lisa, Kelly and Jessica on this ultra-popular comedy.
    * ORIGINAL SITCOM: 10 Items or Less
    Premieres Mondays at 11:00 p.m. starting November 27, 2006 for five weeks
    Laugh all the way down the grocery aisle with TBS' new loosely-scripted original comedy series, 10 Items or Less starring John Lehr. Leslie Pool (Lehr) inherits the family grocery store, Greens & Grains, after his father passes away. The store becomes a tall order for Pool as the employees of Greens & Grains run the gamut from unconventional to out-right odd and Leslie’s do-right attitude goes wrong on many occasions. Don't miss all the fun as TBS turns a trip to the grocery store into endless laughs.
    * ORIGINAL SITCOM: My Boys
    Premieres Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. starting November 28, 2006 for 13 episodes
    TBS brings viewers a funny and relatable new original comedy series from the executive producer of Gilmore Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm. My Boys follows single tomboy PJ Franklin, a sportswriter for the Chicago Sun Times, as she looks for love in her world filled with guy friends. Take a fresh look at the single life as PJ gets the inside scoop on guys from her “boys” and learns the rules of the game from her best (and only) girlfriend. PJ’s no-nonsense approach to dating has the tendency to intimidate potential suitors, but she never lets that get to her. PJ always manages to stay true to her tomboy-ish, sports fanatic, beer-loving self. Don’t miss this very funny comedy only on TBS.
    For more on TBS Fall, click here.

    Look for our reviews of The Class pilot, My Name Is Earl soundtrack, and new Bob Newhart book tomorrow!

    Thursday, September 14, 2006

    TV Land Brings Back Friday Night Movies For 2 More Months; CBS Shows on Comcast On Demand

    TV Land today announced that they will bring back its Friday night movie block. They aired the block for six weeks this past summer and now they have decided to bring it back on October 6 through December 8 each Friday at 10 p.m. followed by an encore. TV Land says, "We all know them and we all love them. We have all seen these movies so many times we can quote entire scenes verbatim...yet we still watch them whenever they’re on. These classics are back for nostalgic enjoyment this fall on TV Land beginning October 6 and airing every Friday through December 8." Movie titles for October are: Fatal Attraction, Lethal Weapon 2 and Top Gun.
    TV Land has also announced the episode info for The Munsters 25-Hour Daylight Saving Mash on Oct. 28. You can view that and all of October by clicking HERE. Speaking of The Munsters, it doesn't look like TV Land will renew the show. It expires after Halloween (a fitting date) and they seem to not be renewing it. Currently the show airs Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Sundays at 10 a.m. The Brady Bunch has been penciled in for November in its spot. That is all subject to change until we post the November schedule, so come on back!

    Comcast and CBS Corporation today announced that they will make eight of the CBS Television Network's leading primetime entertainment series available to viewers at no cost through the cable operator's signature ON DEMAND with Digital Cable service. Included in the video-on-demand (VOD) offerings will be CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Survivor, NCIS, Numb3rs, Jericho and Big Brother. The new deal replaces the previous agreement between the two companies to offer CBS programming for 99 cents per episode only in markets served by CBS owned and operated stations. Now, each of the CBS series, which will include paid commercial spots sold by CBS, will be available for free to Comcast Digital Cable customers with ON DEMAND throughout the country. Episodes of the shows will be available for on-demand viewing starting on the day after their network airing and will remain available for four weeks.
    What no episodes of The Class? ;) We will have a review of the pilot tomorrow.

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    Shows Head Online on ABC.com, DotComedy.com, NBC.com and Google Video

    ABC has announced its shows on its free broadband player on ABC.com for this season. They all will be Touchstone Television shows, except The Nine, which comes from Warner Bros. ABC will once again offer ad-supported, full-length episodes of several ABC primetime series online at www.ABC.com, beginning Saturday, September 23. ABC and its Affiliate Association have reached an arrangement which allows local affiliates to participate in the player through local advertising sales, branding opportunities and website links.
    New episodes of returning series Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as episodes of the new series Six Degrees, Ugly Betty, The Knights of Prosperity and The Nine will be offered free to consumers on ABC’s website the day after their broadcast premieres. Generally, four episodes per series will be available at any given time. When the player relaunches, half-hour promotional programs of Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, created to help viewers follow the ongoing stories in these series, will also be available.
    Under the new arrangement, affiliates will be able to feature the broadband player on their own websites. Stations will have the opportunity to sell local advertisements for episodes and will retain all revenue associated to those specific sales, marking the first time that local ad insertion on a nationally operated broadband video player has been accomplished. The ABC affiliates will also be promoting the broadband player on-air and online.
    All content will be streamed in 16x9 formatting which offers a cinema-like feel to the viewing experience.

    NBC's DotComedy.com has quietly launched. You will find trailers, previews of NBC comedies, and classic full length episodes of Universal-owned shows such as The Munsters, Leave it to Beaver, Weird Science and Significant Others. They are found on the channel called "Sitcom Flashback." We will have more details when available.

    Also at NBC, they will create a broadband player on NBC.com. They will stream full episodes of its new Fall primetime shows on www.nbc.com for free. The ad-supported model will allow viewers to watch episodes of their favorite NBC primetime shows on NBC 24/7, NBC Universal's video player which will re-launch on October 1st with a new enhanced high-resolution, large-format version. Additionally, nbc.com will feature live premiere blogs from the creators, producers or cast members for every show on the air (such as Deal or No Deal and The Office). The shows are: The first four episodes of 30 Rock and 20 Good Years; eight episodes of the new dramas Kidnapped, Friday Night Lights, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Heroes.

    CBS has made yet another deal for shows online. Google Video will now carry a few CBS series starting today. CBS will stream the premieres of three series on Google Video before they air on TV. New series Smith and The Class, and the sophomore show The New Adventures of Old Christine will be available for free streaming for four days starting today.
    I'm starting to forget how many ways we can watch The Class now. Let's see Google Video, innertube, TiVo, anything else? Oh yes, CBS Mondays at 8 p.m., but that's on TV. Speaking of The Class, we will have the pilot review of that sitcom in a few days. So check back with us.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    i Network Adds 'Kotter', 'Amen' in October; Nick@Nite Adds 'Designing Women' at Midnight in October

    As we promised, today we will give you details on i Network in October. They will be adding the '70s school-themed sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter starring Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta to Friday nights at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT starting Friday, October 13. Green Acres will continue to air Mon-Thurs at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Kotter will get a Saturday marathon the very next day (October 14) from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
    Other Saturday marathons are: The Monkees on October 7 and The Partridge Family on October 21, both of which air regularly on Fridays at 6 and 6:30 p.m. (starting September 15, as we mentioned). We will have episode info soon. One little note, though, on Friday, October 6 i network will air a movie from 6 t 8 p.m., pre-empting regular programming. This will be a one time thing only. The Saturday marathon on October 28 will be a launch marathon. The strange part it is not a Sony or Warner Bros. show. It is a Universal owned show. Which makes me wonder, was this show just bought by itself or does i Network plan to announce another studio deal? We will let you know, as soon as we do. Anyway, that show is the '80s sitcom Amen, starring Sherman Hemsley and Clifton Davis. It will get the Saturday marathon on Oct. 28 and then it will join the line-up on Monday, October 30 airing Mon-Thurs at 7 and 7:30 p.m., replacing Green Acres, which will move to Mon-Thurs at 6 and 6:30 p.m., replacing Bonanza, which as of now, will be off the schedule starting Oct. 30. As we saw with the Growing Pains situation, this is all very subject to change. So, keep on coming back. Will i Network add more time periods by November? We'll find out soon!
    Related stories: i Network's Charlie's Angels and Kung Fu Marathons; i Network Adds Charlie's Angels on Sept. 22.

    Moving on to more schedule news, Nick@Nite has finally announced its October schedule. The ladies of Designing Women join the network on October 2, with a four-day marathon running until October 5 from 10 p.m. to approx. 2 a.m. ET/PT. They will also air a Roseanne marathon that week immediately following Designing Women until 6 a.m. So, it seems like it is Designing Women vs. Roseanne week. Click HERE for episode info.
    After the marathon, Designing Women will air Mon-Sat at midnight ET/PT and on Thursday nights from approx. 1:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET/PT.
    Also in October, they will air a special episode of TV Land's original I Pity the Fool on Oct. 11 at 11 p.m. and a "Tricks@Nite" Halloween marathon on Halloween night featuring Hi-Jinks and Roseanne. Click HERE for complete October details.

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Remembering 9/11, John Ritter; Viewer Questions; AOL To Premiere '20 Good Years' & 'Studio 60'

    Today obviously is the 5th anniversary of the attacks on September 11. SitcomsOnline.com pays tribute to the lives lost and mourns with their families and the rest of America. We suggest you watch the coverage on television today, if you haven't started already. Tonight President Bush will be speaking at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Path to 9/11 Part 2 on ABC and a special three-hour Dateline on NBC are some of the programming available tonight.
    This day in 2003 was also horrific when we lost sitcom legend John Ritter at the age of only 54. We pay tribute on this three year anniversary to him, not only for his work but for his humanity. He was a fine human being and I respected that as much as his acting. That is very rare to find in Hollywood but that was John. He was a one of a kind. I like him just as much for being a great human being as much as his work. So, let's pay tribute to John by doing something he does best, by making people laugh. Catch this rare 1983 segment from a #1 rated special he hosted for ABC called Life's Most Embarrasing Moments. In this segment he shows some hilarious bloopers from his sitcom Three's Company.

    I have some viewer questions regarding fall schedules. Viewers are wondering if Hallmark Channel, Oxygen, and FX are making any changes to their line-ups. The answer is no. They will be keeping their line-ups intact. If this changes, I will certainly let you know. And as for more on the i Network October schedule. We will have complete details tomorrow, if all goes well. Is another sitcom joining the Friday line-up? Only time will tell. So come on back!

    AOL has teamed up with Warner Bros. Television and NBC to offer the exclusive online debuts of the highly anticipated new drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, from Aaron Sorkin, and new sitcom Twenty Good Years as a promotional viewing opportunity, available commercial-free on AOL.com before their network premieres.
    The shows will be available in their entirety on AOL.com (http://www.aol.com/television) for one week prior to their network broadcast, with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip going live today at 3 p.m. (ET) and Twenty Good Years on Wednesday, October 4. The series, produced by Warner Bros. Television, will make their respective debuts on NBC on Monday, September 18 and Wednesday, October 11.

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

    Summer Week 15 Sitcom Ratings; More Info on 'Charlie's Angels', 'Kung Fu' Marathons on i Network

    The summer is near the end! Just 1 week left until the official start of the 2006-07 season! We already had two sitcoms debuting this past week along with a few new and returning Fox dramas. After next week's last week of summer ratings, we will be back with our full analysis, along with the sitcom ratings!
    Week 15 Summer Ratings: Sitcom Edition:

    Monday Sitcoms
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 8.71 million for the 8 p.m. showing.
    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 7.73 million for a repeat, can this show do better this fall?
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - A second helping did 10.33 million, just wonderful and it was a repeat!
    • The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) - Big drop from lead-in, 7.84 million.
    • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends, Half & Half (UPN) - UPN is gone mostly everywhere now, as MyNetworkTV has taken a majority of the affiliates, so the numbers are just way way down for UPN this week. These sitcoms ranged from 830,000 to 930,000 viewers.


    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • According to Jim (ABC) 4 episodes - The last week for this sitcom until whenever ABC decides to bring it back. Did decent: 4.81, 5.28, 6.14, and 6.27 million. You can catch this show still in syndication starting Sept. 18! See it from the beginning!
    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • UPN Comedies: Special airings of Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends and Half & Half...8-10pm ranged from 760,000 to 990,000. Again remember, UPN is gone mostly everywhere now.
    • George Lopez (ABC) 4 episodes - Like Jim, this show is now gone until ABC decides to bring it back. Did OK for this marathon: 4.67, 5.04, 5.16 and 5.1 million.
    • Scrubs (NBC) - Two repeats did OK: 4.23 and 4.34 million...drop at 9:30 is not good.
    Thursday Sitcoms
    • 'Til Death (Fox) - The first new sitcom and first original sitcom airing of the season. It did OK, nothing spectacular at all. 8.82 million, 5.7/10 HH rating, 3.1/10 A18-49 rating. Expect a drop next week. Brad Garrett should have went with CBS in a Raymond spin-off.
    • Happy Hour (Fox) - 6.97 million tuned in for the premiere episode. This show will probably be one of the first cancelations this fall. Don't get used to it, but I'm sure many of the people who tuned into this premiere threw up watching it. 4.5/7 HH rating for 4th in its time-slot--pathetic! 2.4/7 A18-49 is nothing to write home about either. We have some good sitcoms this fall, but these two from Fox are not on that list.
    • Everybody Hates Chris, Love Inc, Eve, Cuts (UPN) - Again a reminder, UPN is gone in most areas. Numbers are even down from normal: ranges from 550,000 to 870,000 viewers. Eve gets the lowest 18-49 number in UPN history probably with a 0.2/0 rating. Yes, a 0 share. But Love, Inc. got the worst viewers with 550,000.
    Friday Sitcoms
    • What I Like About You, Twins, Reba, Living with Fran (The WB) - Just one more week and we are free from these!
    Tonight (Sunday) Fox premieres its comedy block with season premieres of The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, and The War at Home. It will be tough as the NFL is now on network television on Sundays, and CBS and ABC have 9/11 movies that will score big, though CBS's is an encore.

    The i Network has given us the episode info for the 30th anniversary marathon for the action-crime drama Charlie's Angels airing Sept. 22-23 and the launch marathon of Kung Fu on Sept. 30 We have also learned that Kung Fu will air Sundays at 6 p.m. starting October 1, replacing Sue Thomas. We will have full i Network October details soon, but I can tell you to expect some goodies and some good Saturday marathons (like a 40th anniversary marathon of a certain sitcom we announced that will begin to air on the network in September)! But for now, click here for the episode info for the 30th anniversary marathon of Charlie's Angels and click here for the episodes for the launch of Kung Fu.

    Saturday, September 09, 2006

    Mini-DVD Review: Bob Newhart Button-Down Concert (Sept. 19)

    Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at 20th Century Fox's Bob Newhart: Button-Down Concert. Bob Newhart shines in this live, sold-out comedy special. In this, Bob Newhart returns to his roots as a stand-up comedian, showcasing his talent and his hysterical spin on everything from current affairs to crazy bus drivers and to cheap airlines. A must have for every fan of Bob Newhart, the Bob Newhart: Button-Down Concert features an exclusive interview with Newhart as well as never-before-seen photos, which are from his personal archives. This DVD is being released to coincide with the release of the icon's autobiography "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny." We will be reviewing this book in the near future, too! But for now, see Shawn Eaton's mini-DVD review of this set.

    Bob Newhart: Button Down Concert (Fox, $19.98) brings the TV legend as a stand-up comedian. This is definitely a must have for any fan of Bob Newhart -- or even any fan of stand-up comedy! Bob Newhart truly does shine in this. His performance ranges from telephone comedy riffs, showcasing his wonderful dry humor. The cover art features pictures of Bob (most of him are holding a microphone) with different colored tints in boxes. The main menu is a nice drawing of Bob. The menu selection features a Play (All) option. Languages takes you to another screen that lets you choose between English and Spanish for subtitles. Scene Selection allows you to pick between 15 segments in the concert. Bob Newhart Unbuttoned is the selection for the interview and the last selection, Photo Gallery, is of course the photo gallery selection. The video and audio are fine; it's so recent that there shouldn't be any problems -- and there aren't! Believe it or not, there are actually two special fetures included! Aside from the main event, the concert, you can view a photo gallery, featuring photos from Bob Newhart's personal archives, as well as a featurette special, which is an interview with Newhart himself. That interview runs around 21 minutes and in it he discusses the concert. So on that note, September 19, I urge you all to go out, and buy this, along with The Bob Newhart Show Season 4 DVD release (full DVD review coming soon from me) as well as purchasing his autobiography (which I will have a mini-review hopefully by next Saturday). Mr. Newhart is a true classic and fans will cherish this as part of their collection.
    -- Reviewed by Shawn Eaton
    (5/5 stars)

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    Saturday, July 26

    Bad Teacher - "The Bottle" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    When Meredith’s venue for her 30th birthday party falls through, she plots a takeover of Kim’s student teacher exam celebration. However, once the party is underway, her lies start to unravel as she tries to keep her rich friends from her old life separate from her new co-workers.

    Bad Teacher - "What's Old Is New" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    Staff and students are all focused on standardized test day when Meredith and Principal Carl’s attentions are diverted by the arrival of their ex-spouses, making them question whether they want second chances with their former loves. Steven Weber Guest Stars as Meredith’s Ex-Husband Ray; Niecy Nash Guest Stars as Principal Carl’s Ex-Wife Carla.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 28) (All times ET unless noted)

    Sunday, July 27

    • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced) - Fran talks about her battle with cancer, meeting the love of her life, and her latest role on Broadway on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 9pm on OWN.
    Monday, July 28
    • Will Arnett (The Millers/Up All Night/Arrested Development) - Watch Will on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Rachelle Lefevre (Life on a Stick/Big Wolf on Campus) - Rachelle visits on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/Carpoolers) - T.J. is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
    • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Roseanne appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
    • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi talks about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
    • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke interviews Queen on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
    • Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly/Love, Sidney) - Swoosie is a guest on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
    • Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Mr. Warmth appears on Larry King Now at 2/5pm PT/ET on Ora.tv and Hulu.
    • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony joins the Plugged In panel on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.