Thursday, September 17, 2009

ION Television October 2009, More Programming Hours; Remembering Henry Gibson

This October 2009 on ION Television will see a few schedule changes. First, ION Television will add the 11pm hour every weekday. Currently, ION only has the 11pm hour on Mondays with Durham County's instant encore, but starting Tuesday, Sept. 29, Tues-Fri at 11pm will be Criminal Minds. It will replace Paid Programming. So we gain an hour on weekdays! Starting Monday, Oct. 5, M*A*S*H will leave the line-up, as we get another hour of Reba from 4-5pm. Reba will continue to air 7-8pm as well.
Moving on to weekends starting in October, ION will be adding 3 more hours to both days! Yes, that means the start time goes from 6pm to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays! Movies will rule on weekends but there are times when there will be a filler in the 3pm half-hour or 3pm hour even. Right now the filler is TBD, but I'd expect maybe Reba or something to fill in.
ION will have many movie premieres this October, as movies airs Fri-Sun. The premieres are The Rainmaker, The Medallion, The Departed, The Perfect Storm, Wild Wild West, The Return, On Deadly Ground, and Breach. Among the encore airings are Heat, A Bronx Tale, Inside Man, Above the Law, The Specialist, Hard to Kill, The Break-Up, Patriot Games, and more. If you say you missed Heat, then you are crazy since ION is airing it so many times. No excuse for missing that 1995 movie!
View the full ION Television October 2009 schedule.

Henry Gibson, a wry comic character actor whose career included Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Nashville and Boston Legal, died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer.
Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated Laugh-In, on which he performed for three seasons. Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catch phrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."
After Laugh-In, he played the evil Dr. Verringer in The Long Goodbye (1973), the first of four films in which he appeared for director Robert Altman. Their second collaboration came in Nashville (1975), in which Gibson earned a Golden Globe nomination and a National Society of Film Critics supporting-actor award for his performance as unctuous country singer Haven Hamilton. He also wrote his character's songs.
In television, Gibson's recent work included a five-season stint as cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on ABC's Boston Legal and providing the voice for sardonic, eye-patched newspaperman Bob Jenkins on Fox's animated series King of the Hill.
His previous TV work include appearances on The Joey Bishop Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian, The Dick Van Dyke Show, F-Troop, Bewitched, Love American Style, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, Smurfs, Magnum P.I., Simon & Simon, The Love Boat, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, Newhart, Evening Shade, MacGyver, Sisters, Coach, The John Larroquette Show, Maggie Winters, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Early Edition, Charmed, Becker, Malcolm in the Middle, and the short-lived Cracking Up.
Gibson was a true character actor and will be missed. He was 73.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June)

Ballers - The Complete First Season The League - Season 7 - The Final Fantasy Maude - The Complete Fifth Season Workaholics - Season Six Two Guys and a Girl - The Complete Series

06/14 - Ballers - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
06/14 - The League - Season 7 - The Final Fantasy
06/14 - The League - The Complete Series
06/14 - Maude - The Complete Fifth Season
06/14 - Survivor's Remorse - The Complete Second Season
06/21 - Workaholics - Season Six
06/24 - The Monkees - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
06/28 - Two Guys and a Girl - The Complete Series
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, June 23

The Big Bang Theory - "The Celebration Experimentation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After more than nine years together, the gang finally celebrates Sheldon’s birthday, surprising him with a special guest. Christine Baranski, John Ross Bowie, Sara Gilbert and Wil Wheaton return, joined by special guest star Adam West.

Life in Pieces - "Nanny Tent Earrings Cheeto" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jen and Greg interview potential nannies for Lark, they find it difficult to find one they trust. Also, Tim, Matt and Greg go camping, Heather suspects Matt bought Colleen earrings with money she loaned him, and John makes a wooden puppet for Lark that the family has more fun playing with than she does. Stephnie Weir, Rhys Darby and Tonita Castro guest star as potential nannies for Lark.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 20)

Thursday, June 23

  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Catch Kevin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) - Aubrey is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Maya stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Arsenio Hall (Arsenio) - Arsenio appears on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Ben Falcone (Joey) - Ben visits LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Full House) - Lori is a guest on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tia Mowry-Hardict (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Ariana Neal (Nicki) - Ariana is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry/Animal Practice/Sparks) - Kym appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Hilary Duff (Younger/Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary drops by Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Matthew Royer and Benjamin Royer (Best Friends Whenever) - Matthew and Benjamin are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Josie Bissett (The Hogan Family) - Josie talks about her new Hallmark movie The Wedding March on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on the People Now at 8:30am and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Jason and his wife Jenny Mollen are guests on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.