Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TCA Winter 2009 Press Tour: Fox - Prison Break Canceled; Bush Farewell Speech in Primetime on Thursday; Remembering Cheryl Holdridge

Fox is up today at the TCA winter 2009 press tour. They started with a Simpsons 20th anniversary themed breakfast! Big pink donuts! Cool! The Executive Session followed and we found out some stuff. The biggest news is that Fox's Prison Break is being canceled after this season. The series will come to an end and will likely have stories wrapped-up with a true finale. However, the series will be moved to the graveyard...airing Fridays at 8:00PM starting Friday, April 17, replacing the likely also canceled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Six episodes are in the can to air for Prison, but Fox could shoot two more to wrap things up for good. Looks like no mention of a spin-off, too. Fox also has scheduled its Mitch Hurwitz animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up on Sunday, April 19 at 8:30PM, replacing King of the Hill. It seems we have seen the last of King of the Hill, as Fox is labeling its last airing on Sunday, April 12 a "series finale," which is odd because many episodes still remain in the can despite Fox canceling the series a few months back. Could the series be moved to ABC after all? We shall see. Fox also has game show The Moment of Truth ready to go, but hasn't scheduled it. Perhaps it could air in the summer. And it seems it is true that sitcom 'Til Death has been renewed for NEXT season (2009-10) for another 22 episodes. Sony gave Fox a cheap deal they couldn't resist. Fox only has aired four episodes from this season's 24 episode order. Fox did air three leftovers from last season as well, so seven episodes in all have aired this year before Fox pulled the series in early October due to low ratings. My guess is the 20 that remain for this season will be burned off in the summer, as it seems Fox wouldn't waste their in-season schedule for this series again. This is clearly a financial deal, as the series would have enough episodes for syndication. In other news, medical procedual House will celebrate its 100th episode on Feb. 2. That was fast.
Panels for Lie to Me and 24 followed. The upcoming Sunday animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up followed with a lunch presentation. After the lunch, panels for American Idol, Osbournes: Reloaded Variety Series, Dollhouse, FX's Rescue Me, House, and the upcoming musical drama Glee followed.
It is still early...we will have constant updates here, if anything major is announced. So keep checking back multiple times a day this whole week!

And in a scheduling note, President Bush is scheduled to have a 15 minute farewell speech in primetime on Thursday (Jan. 15) at 8PM ET. So because of this Fox will move the season premiere of Bones back a week to January 22 to 8PM and airing a second episode at 9PM. It is unclear still what will air following Bush's short speech this Thursday. However, Kitchen Nightmares will still air and be all-new this Thursday, but will be preempted next Thursday for Bones' two-hour stunt.
CBS will be on 15-minute delay for East/Central stations. So, a repeat of CSI will start at 8:15/7:15c, a new CSI won't start until 9:15/8:15c and Eleventh Hour won't start until 10:15/9:15c. In Mountain and Pacific time zones, the shows will air in their normal timeslots. As of this writing, the other networks have not announced what they will do yet. Keep checking back though.

Cheryl Holdridge, the beautiful blond actress who first gained fame as a Mouseketeer on TV's The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, has died. Holdridge died Tuesday (January 6) at her home in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with lung cancer. After The Mickey Mouse Club, the actress played Julie Foster, Wally's girlfriend, on Leave it to Beaver and guest starred on series such as The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Donna Reed Show, Dr. Kildare, The Rifleman, Bachelor Father, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Dennis the Menace, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Wagon Train, and reprised her role as Julie Foster on the '80s revival of Leave it to Beaver called Still the Beaver.
Cheryl hasn't acted much since the '60s, but will be remembered for her work on these '50s and '60s TV series from classic TV fans. She will be missed. She was only 64.


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

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series Hot in Cleveland - Season Five Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - The Complete Series
Family Ties - The Complete Series Happy Days - The Sixth Season The Jeffersons - The Complete Series Mister Ed - The Complete Series Mork & Mindy - The Complete Series

10/07 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Christmas Episodes
10/07 - The Flying Nun - The Complete First and Second Seasons (Mill Creek)
10/07 - The Middle - The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive)
10/07 - The Office - The Complete Series
10/07 - The Wonders Years - Season One
10/10 - The Wonder Years - The Complete Series - Read Our Review / The Signature Edition / Seasons 1-3
10/14 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season
10/14 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season
10/21 - Married with Children - Seasons 5 and 6 (Mill Crek)
10/21 - The Soul Man - The Complete Second Season
10/21 - Square Pegs - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/28 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series / Read Our Review
11/04 - Hot in Cleveland - Season Five
11/04 - Napoleon Dynamite - The Complete Animated Series
11/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Complete Series
11/11 - Dads - The Complete Series
11/11 - Family Ties - The Complete Series
11/11 - My Favorite Martian - Best of Collection
11/11 - Taxi - The Complete Series
11/11 - Wings - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/18 - King of the Hill - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Eighth Season
11/25 - Better Off Ted - The Complete Second Season
12/02 - Happy Days - The Sixth Season
12/09 - Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season
12/09 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mister Ed - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mork & Mindy - The Fourth Season / The Complete Series
12/16 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final (Fourth) Season
12/23 - My Favorite Martian - Season Two - Collector's Edition
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, November 20

The Big Bang Theory - "The Champagne Reflection" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon says a tearful goodbye to “Fun with Flags.” Also, Leonard, Howard and Raj look for something significant in a dead professor’s research, and Bernadette is shocked to learn her co-workers’ true feelings from Penny.

Mom - "Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
While Christy tries to get to the bottom of Violet's erratic behavior, Bonnie attempts to get a job. Kevin Pollak returns as Alvin.

Two and a Half Men - "Thirty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Thirty-Eight" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Walden and Alan meet a birth mother who’s considering them to adopt her baby. Maggie Lawson guest stars as a social worker helping Walden and Alan adopt a child.

The McCarthys - "Supporting Jackie" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Jackie gets a list from her doctor of the things she can’t do now that she’s pregnant, her family tries to show support and avoid doing them too.

Bad Judge - "The Cat's Out of the Bag" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rebecca’s (Kate Walsh) rocker ex-husband Keith (guest star Jim Jefferies) re-appears in her life to let her know of the death of an old friend. With Gary’s (Ryan Hansen) help, Rebecca realizes she still carries anger toward her ex and is able to successfully let the past go. Tedward (Tone Bell) sees the courtroom as the perfect way to meet recently single women, but realizes he has gone too far when a convict’s girlfriend thinks he’s “Mr. Right.”

A to Z - "H Is for Hostile Takeover" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Andrew (Ben Feldman) begins to realize his choices are heavily influenced by his friends, specifically Stu (Henry Zebrowski) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti). With Zelda’s encouragement, Andrew confronts Big Bird (Christina Kirk) about his stand on Wallflower’s new business strategy, but his plan backfires when Big Bird promotes a young assistant Jordan (guest star Alex Wyse) in his position. Meanwhile, in an effort to have something all his own, Andrew tries to find a hobby he doesn’t share with his friends.

Instant Mom
- "Drill Team" (Nick at Nite, 8:00PM ET/PT)
In order to help Aaron with his fear of the dentist, Stephanie agrees to get checked out as well, despite being afraid herself. When she discovers their new dentist is someone from her past, she becomes even more scared.

See Dad Run - "See Dad Fire Original Katie...Again" (Nick at Nite, 8:30PM ET/PT)
David's former co-star who he fired from the show becomes Joe's slightly unhinged Spanish tutor. When Joe's grades suffer, David gets her a job on Amy's soap opera, where things go from bad to worse. Guest Star: Daniella Monet.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 17) (All times ET unless noted)

Thursday, November 20

  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Catch Stephen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He talks about Hello Ladies 2 on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Watch Mayim on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback/Friends) - Lisa chats on Tavis Smiley on PBS, so check your local listings.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Allison Janney (Mom) - Allison drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development/The Hogan Family/It's Your Move) - Jason is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin chats and performs on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She is a guest on HuffPost Live at 3:10pm.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney weighs in on the latest Hot Topics and talks about her upcoming shows at The Venetian in Las Vegas on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril co-hosts Rachael Ray for their Thanksgiving two-day event, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Urie (Partners) - Michael will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna discusses Pitch Perfect 2 on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Chelsea is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York between 7-10am.
  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Martin appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.