Tuesday, February 03, 2009
ION Television has pulled the movie The Diplomat for this Sunday (Sunday, Feb. 8), and replaced it with a special M*A*S*H block from 7-11pm ET/PT instead. M*A*S*H will also air in its regular 6-7pm airings on this date as well, so it is an all M*A*S*H night on ION from 6-11pm. Among the episodes airing is the two-part episode "Our Finest Hour," when newscaster Clete Roberts, reprising an earlier interview appearance, returns to update Korean War conditions when he conducts a series of television interviews with the leading characters of the 4077th. View the full schedule for this date.
The CW is making a few changes to its midseason schedule. Beginning Tuesday, March 3, freshman drama 90210 moves to a new timeslot on Tuesday nights, with encore episodes through March 24. The series will move up an hour to 9:00pm ET/PT from 8pm ET/PT. Then eight consecutive original episodes will air from March 31 through the season finale on May 19. Since 90210 is moving to 9pm, the second-season premiere date of the devilish dramedy Reaper moves up to Tuesday, March 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET). All 13 original episodes will air consecutively through the season finale on May 26.
Finally, the season finale of the critically acclaimed freshman drama Privileged will air on Tuesday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Encore episodes of Privileged will continue to air on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from January 28 through February 18. Then the new season of America's Next Top Model will premiere on Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
ABC Family announced the pick-up of three pilots: the one-hour scripted drama Perfect 10, the single camera half-hour 10 things I Hate About You, based on the 1999 hit film, and the multi-camera half-hour Ruby and The Rockits. Each has been given a 10-episode order.
In addition, original series Greek and Lincoln Heights will return in summer 2009 for a third and fourth season respectively. However, Kyle XY will NOT return for a fourth season and the show will end its run in March. The network also has two original movies, Au Pair 3 Adventure in Paradise, (as we mentioned in our March highlights) starring Gregory Harrison and Heidi Saban, and another as-yet-titled original movie starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, both to debut in early 2009.
Perfect 10, is a one-hour scripted drama, created and written by Holly Sorensen, who also serves as executive producer. The pilot was directed by Steve Miner. Set in the world of competitive gymnastics, Perfect 10 follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight. The cast includes Chelsea Hobbs as gymnastic newcomer 'Emily Kmetko,' Ayla Kell as top gymnast 'Payson Keeler,' Josie Loren as the beautiful gymnast 'Kaylie Cruz,' and Zachary Burr Abel as the gym's resident hottie, 'Carter Anderson.' Peri Gilpin returns to series television in the role of 'Kim Keeler,' the mother of one of the female gymnasts.
10 Things I Hate About You is a half-hour, single-cam series with director Gil Junger (who also directed the 1996 feature film) and executive producer and writer Carter Covington. Based on the hit movie, the Stratford sisters, Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin) and Kat (Lindsey Shaw), are two very different people, which is evident as they start at their new high school with very contradictory goals. Kat is a strong-willed, in-your-face feminist who is looking to save the world and get out of high school as fast as she can. Bianca is a social butterfly whose only concern is that she is popular, at any cost. As they both start a bumpy year at Padua High, can each girl get what she wants in the end, as they navigate the popular crowd, boys and their over-protective Dad? The original series will also star Larry Miller, who reprises his film role as the girls' father, and Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) has been cast in the role of 'Patrick" (portrayed by Heath Ledger in the film).
Ruby and The Rockits is an ABC Studios half-hour multi-cam comedy series executive-produced by Shaun Cassidy and Marsh McCall. Ruby and The Rockits follows Patrick Gallagher, a former teen idol who has chosen to lead a quiet life with his wife and two sons. But when his former Rockits band mate and brother, David, shows up unexpectedly with his new-found teenage daughter in tow, the Gallagher family's life becomes anything but normal. David, who refuses to give up his past glory days, comes to Patrick for help raising Ruby while he continues to perform. Patrick must now put the past with David behind them in order to help raise Ruby and keep order within the rest of the Gallagher clan. Ruby and The Rockits was written by Shaun Cassidy and Ed Yeager, with teleplay by Ed Yeager (the pilot was directed by Ted Wass). Alexa Vega, Austin Butler, Patrick Cassidy, and former teen idol David Cassidy star.
No time frames for these have been announced yet, but don't forget the first two original sitcoms launch on ABC Family this March!
New on DVD/Blu-ray (April)
04/07 - Barney Miller - The Complete Seventh Season
04/07 - The Brady Bunch - The Complete Series
04/07 - The Crazy Ones - The Complete First Season
04/07 - Frasier - The Complete Series
04/07 - King of the Hill - The Complete 9th Season
04/07 - King of the Hill - The Complete 10th Season
04/07 - 1600 Penn - The Complete Season 1
04/07 - Wanda at Large - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
04/07 - Wilfred - The Complete Season 4
04/14 - Growing Pains - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
04/21 - What's Happening!! - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
04/28 - I Love Lucy - I Love Mom Edition
04/28 - The Jeffersons - Season Seven
04/28 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites: Season 5
04/28 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Second Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Friday, April 17
Last Man Standing - "Daddy Dearest" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Mike and Ed take Ryan and his supposedly-ailing dad, Victor, on their hunting trip, Victor admits he wasn’t truthful about his reasons for finally coming to see Ryan. Meanwhile, Vanessa scrambles to get more family members to attend Ryan and Kristin’s wedding.
Cristela - "Movin' On Up" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Cristela, Maddie and Josh eagerly await the results of the bar exam. Much to everyone’s surprise, Maddie passes while Josh does not. Cristela also passes the exam and Trent offers her an attorney position at his law firm that comes along with an added perk of hiring an assistant. Faced with moving back in with his parents, Josh eagerly accepts the assistant gig. An ecstatic Cristela returns home to celebrate, but is lovingly confronted by Daniela who wants Cristela to move out and start living the life of a single girl, the life she deserves.
Jessie - "What a Steal" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessie takes Ravi to a MENSA meeting to help him make friends; his new pals Madeline and Scott might be too good.
Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets Demolition" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Maya and Riley meet a salesgirl named Aubrey, who tricks them into using Topanga's credit card on an pricey purchase.
Dog with a Blog - "Stan Gets Married" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
To help fund Stan's nuptials, the family submits the wedding to the ``Wackie Jackie'' show, a program in which wealthy teen spends money to amuse herself.
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "A Few Days" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Richard starts plotting his revenge on Keisha; Keisha starts working at C-sports.
Friday, April 17
- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Watch Alec on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Jeremey Piven (Entourage/Ellen) - Jeremy appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat/Victorious) - Ariana is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Charlie appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Busy Phillips (Cougar Town) - Busy talks about why she posted a fake location on Twitter while vacationing with her best friend actress Michele Williams and shares the quirk her co-star Courtney Cox has in common with her famed Friends character Monica Gellar on The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
- Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 1am on BET.
- Eddie Kaye Thomas (How to Make It in America/'Til Death/American Dad!) - Eddie is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa guest hosts a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback/Friends) - Lisa chats on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Kate Flannery (The Office) - Kate talks about her new movie Tenure on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara is a guest on People Now.
- Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin gives the scoop on Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. He will also be on The Real, so check your local listings. He is a guest on SI Now at 1pm.
- Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:35am.
- Kelsey Grammer (Partners/Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.