Tuesday, October 07, 2008

More Slots for Boston Legal on ION This Week; ABC.com Goes Retro on Thursday; Upcoming Seven Questions Preview

ION Television will add more timeslots for Boston Legal this week. As of now, it is just for this week. Originally it was only stated for Mon-Thurs at 8:00PM and Wednesdays at 9:00PM. Now ION has also added for this week Tuesday at 10:00PM and Wednesday at 10:00PM, both replacing ER, which seems to be underperforming for the network. Last week Legal replaced ER on Wednesday at 10:00PM, so I wonder if ION will make the announcement soon that this will be until further notice, but as of now these changes are for this week only. ER is only on once this week, and that was last night at 10:00PM. Legal is airing 8 times this week, but three of them are encores. Legal and NCIS, which can only air twice a week, have done well for the network since being added last month. Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer are coming to ION in 2009, and I think they will do as well.
In other changes, it seems Flash Gordon on Fridays isn't doing well, as yet again a Warner Bros. movie will air Friday from 7-9pm this week. Above the Law (1988) will air leading into an RHI movie (Tornado) at 9pm. Flash Gordon has been preempted for the last few weeks (last week ION aired a Warner movie marathon from 4-10:30pm), but as of now, it is scheduled for next Friday.

I thought this was worth mentioning as we have a big following for retro stuff here at SitcomsOnline.com. Beginning Thursday, October 9, the home page of ABC.com will give a nod to 1973 with a retro main page for the premiere of the new drama, Life on Mars (launching that night at 10PM ET/PT). The home page will offer the same categories (schedule, shows, community, full episode player, etc.) but in the signature monochromatic green font, popular to DOS in the 70s. After clicking on their desired section, users will be transported back to the ABC.com of 2008.
Additionally on the Life on Mars section you will see the songs of 1973. Get down with streaming songs on the 1973 Radio Player. The selections will include album cover art, song title and album title.
Where were you in 1973? NYPD Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) finds himself in the cultural hotbed of New York City in the tumultuous times of the Vietnam War, Watergate, women's lib and the civil and gay rights movements without a cell phone, computer, PDA or MP3 player -- suddenly hurtled back in time when he's ripped from 2008 after being hit by a car while chasing down a criminal. He's trying mightily to understand what has just happened to him and how he can get back "home." In her return to series television, Lisa Bonet (Cosby Show) has a supporting role. The all-star cast also includes Harvey Keitel as Lieutenant Gene Hunt, Michael Imperioli as Detective Ray Carling, Gretchen Mol as Annie Norris and Jonathan Murphy as Detective Chris Skelton.
I have watched the premiere and I must say they do a great job of recreating 1973. It looks so retro but has the 2008 look to it. Fans of the great cop shows of the past will want to tune in and fans of cop shows of today, especially funny ones, will want to tune in. It has gotten good reviews and is worth checking out this Thursday at 10/9 central on ABC.

We are working on quite a bit of upcoming Seven Questions interviews. Seven Questions is of course our on-going interview series where we talk to a network or a star and ask them, well...seven questions. We try to ask the most interesting questions that cater to you all...sitcoms, classic TV, and programming. We have interviewed networks like RTN, AmericanLife, ION Television and stars like Alf Clausen in the past, with more coming very soon. First up will be WGN America later this week! You'll want to read this if you are a fan of classic TV and WGN America has brought classic TV back, as we all know! Also in the works (if everything works out): TV Land, Nick at Nite, Too Close for Comfort star Lydia Cornell, and author Chris Mann (Retroality.TV)!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, June 22

The Big Bang Theory - "The Escape Hatch Identification" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Raj moves out of his apartment, Leonard and Penny offer him Sheldon’s old room. Christine Baranski returns as Sheldon’s mother, Beverly.

Superior Donuts - "What's the Big Idea?" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Franco’s creative new donut flavors become bestsellers, Arthur tries to prove he’s still relevant by coming up with a unique one of his own. Also, Fawz works to dream up an inventive password in order to keep Maya and James from stealing his store’s WiFi.

Mom - "Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie dip back into illegal activities, and Adam questions their morality.

Life in Pieces - "Musical Motel Property Bingo" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Heather freaks out when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director, Julius Black (Andy Richter), doesn’t give her a part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather suspect Joan is having an affair; Tyler and Clementine decide to find a home of their own; and, Jen, Colleen and Tim secretly play “Short Family Bingo” to pass the time during the weekly Sunday brunch.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Thursday, June 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He is also a guest on Access Hollywood LivE, so check your local listings and on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital/Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) - Rory appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Laura Benanti (Go On) - Laura guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sasha Pieterse (Family Affair) - Sasha appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane gives a sneak peak of the new season of Hollywood Game Night on People Now at 8:30am. She will also be the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa talks about Spider-man: Homecoming on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.