Tuesday, July 10, 2007

FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates for the 2007-2008 Season; Remembering Character Actor Charles Lane

FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series. Five new shows including dramas K-VILLE and NEW AMSTERDAM, comedy BACK TO YOU and the unscripted KITCHEN NIGHTMARES and NASHVILLE join returning favorites on the fall schedule.

The premieres are listed below in chronological order. All times are ET/PT.

Thursday, Aug. 30
8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? (Season Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 8
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT COPS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT COPS (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK (Season Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 13
9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Series Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 14
9:00-10:00 PM NASHVILLE (Series Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 15
11:00 PM-Midnight MADtv (Season Premiere)
Midnight-12:30 AM TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN (Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM PRISON BREAK (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM K-VILLE (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 19
8:00-8:30 PM BACK TO YOU (Series Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM 'TIL DEATH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM BONES (Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 23
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM KING OF THE HILL (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM FAMILY GUY (1-Hour Season Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE (Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 30
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Time Period Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere)

Charles Lane

Charles Lane, the prolific character actor whose bespectacled face and crotchety persona made him instantly recognizable to generations of movie-goers, has died, his son said Tuesday. He was 102. Lane, whose career spanned more than 60 years, appeared in such film classics as It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Twentieth Century. He also had a recurring role as the scheming railroad man, Homer Bedloe, on the 1960s TV sitcom Petticoat Junction and appeared often on television's I Love Lucy. He was especially fond of his role in the I Love Lucy episode in which Lucy Ricardo gave birth to her son, Little Ricky. Papa Ricky (Ball's real-life husband, Desi Arnaz) was all nerves while Lane, as a fellow expectant father, was the picture of calm. "This old guy was expecting his 10th child or something, and this nervous young man was expecting his first," Lane recalled in 2005. "It was a marvelous scene, and Desi was a fine actor." His many other sitcom appearances included Topper, Dear Phoebe, The Real McCoys, Bachelor Father, Dennis the Menace, The Lucy Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Beverly Hillbillies and Bewitched. A great career and a long life. He will be missed. Share your memories of Mr. Lane here.

IMDB / Wikipedia / AP Obit


New on DVD/Blu-ray (July)

Archie Bunker's Place - Season One (Mill Creek) Married with Children - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) Playing House - Season 1 Growing Pains - The Complete Fifth Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Third Season

07/07 - Archie Bunker's Place - Season One (Mill Creek)
07/07 - Barney Miller - The Final (Eighth) Season
07/07 - Married with Children - Season Eleven (Mill Creek)
07/07 - Married with Children - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
07/07 - The Michael J. Fox Show - The Complete First Season
07/07 - Playing House - Season 1
07/14 - Growing Pains - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
07/14 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Third Season
07/28 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites - Season 7
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, July 30


The Big Bang Theory - "The Fortification Implementation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Sheldon and Amy build a blanket fort, they come to major crossroads in their relationship. Also, Wolowitz meets the half-brother he never knew he had, and when Penny is invited to appear on Wil Wheaton’s podcast, she and Leonard have a huge, on-air argument.

Mom - "Nudes and a Six-Day Cleanse" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After realizing she's been a waitress longer than she planned, Christy takes steps towards a new career. Also, Bonnie and Alvin try to recapture their youth.


Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll - "Lust for Life" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Johnny dies. On the internet. And decides to stay dead for financial reasons. Which leads to a big break for Gigi.

Married - "The Sandwich" (FX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Russ and Lina go on separate dates.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 27) (All times ET unless noted)

Thursday, July 30

  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/It's Your Move/Silver Spoons) - Catch Jason on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Christine Baranski (Cybill/Welcome to New York/Happy Family) - Christine stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Christina Applegate (Up All Night/Samantha Who?/Jesse/Married with Children) - Christina drops The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Seth Morris (The Hotwives of Orlando/Go On/Happy Endings) - Seth appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) and Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Reno 911!) - Cedric and Niecy dish about The Soul Man on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Roseanne appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tamela and David Mann (Mann & Wife/Meet the Browns) - Tamela and David are guests on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril cooks on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Tahj Mowry (Baby Daddy/Smart Guy) - Tahj appears on The Boris and Nicole Show on select Fox-owned stations, so check your local listings.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait (Unhappily Ever After) - Bobcat is a guest on the AOL Build Show.
  • Casey Wilson (Marry Me/Happy Endings) - Casey appears on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi talks about her new single and participation in the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Out All Night/Arsenio) - Vivica talks about her new movie Ways to Die on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jessie T. Usher (Survivor's Remorse) - Jessie will be on Essence Live.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.