Friday, February 05, 2010

ABC Family Makes Schedule Changes, 8 Simple Rules Now Weekdays; John Ritter Book Coming in September Written by Amy Yasbeck

ABC Family has made some last minute schedule changes to start this coming Monday (Feb. 8, 2010). The changes happening to the weekday schedule will have one show return to weekdays, one show leaving weekdays, one show leaving totally for now, and one show expanding. Wow! First up, we get another hour of Full House weekdays in the 12pm hour, replacing What I Like About You. But not to worry fans of What I Like About You, ABC Family likes you fans and will move the show to the better weekday 4pm hour replacing Grounded for Life, which is now totally off the schedule for now. Then in the 6pm hour, 8 Simple Rules returns to weekdays replacing an hour of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which will remain airing late nights on some weekends. That's not a big deal since the series already airs on TBS and Disney XD anyway. Good news for 8 Simple Rules, as that series will get to air weekdays again instead of weekend mornings. The final weekday change is an expansion. Whose Line Is It Anyway will now air five days a week in the 12 midnight hour (rather than just once a week) replacing various original series encores and other series.
There will be changes to weekends, too. Starting Saturday, Feb. 13 on Saturdays from 7am-10am will now be That '70s Show replacing two hours of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and an hour of Full House. 8 Simple Rules will remain in the 10am hour on Saturday, Feb. 13, but starting Saturday, Feb. 20, That '70s Show takes this hour as well, expanding to 7am-11am on most Saturdays depending on movie start times. Movies take over the mornings now on most Sundays, but there could be a That '70s Show sighting on Sundays in the 7am hour leading into movies. That '70s Show airs weeknights in the 7pm hour, but most of the time it is preempted due to originals, movies, or various programming, so the weekend morning airings are better. It will continue to air on TeenNick every night as well.

We mentioned a while back that Amy Yasbeck (actress and the widow of John Ritter) is working on a book on the life of her late husband, but now we have more details! With Love and Laughter, John Ritter will be published by Simon & Schuster in September, on the seventh anniversary of Ritter's death from an undiagnosed aortic dissection. I still cannot believe it will be 7 years already next September. That was a horrific day.
"It's about John's take on everything, and what it was like to live with him," says Yasbeck, who met Ritter shooting Problem Child in 1989. "People have seen him as the celebrity, but this will be about the friend, the dad and the husband."
Shortly after his death in 2003, Yasbeck started the John Ritter Foundation to promote awareness about aortic aneurysm and dissection (Johnritterfoundation.org).
Amy continues to raise awareness of aortic dissection, as she recently spoke to ABC13 (KTRK) in Houston on this issue. She is doing a great job and is working with Dr. Milewicz and her UT-Houston team to find the genes that lead to Ritter's death. In these freezers are samples from 10,000 people which have helped them isolate four of the genes that are related to aortic aneurysm. Amy is certainly making a difference in the world by doing this. She will save many lives and needs to be honored for her fine work. The name John Ritter continues to spread a positive message, just as it did when he was alive.
View the video of ABC13's story. Everyone should take a look at this.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, August 19

Family Guy - "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Griffins take a trip to Italy and are forced to deal with annoying immigration laws after Peter destroys the family’s passports.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Fancy Brugdom" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Charles asks Jake to be the best man at his wedding, a role that requires Jake to be supportive in important wedding decisions, ranging from cake tasting to floral arrangements. Meanwhile, Terry, Amy and Gina support each other as they start a new extreme diet and Holt helps Rosa make a sincere apology.

New Girl - "Big News" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The morning after their break-up, Jess and Nick scramble to keep it a secret from the loftmates. Meanwhile, Winston passes his police academy entrance exam, and demands that the gang throw him a “Honey Roast.”

The Mindy Project - "An Officer and a Gynecologist" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (repeat)
Mindy has a run-in with the law when a surly police officer (guest star Tim Daly) admonishes her for giving his young daughter birth control pills. Meanwhile, Danny befriends a rabbi who offers to refer his congregation to Schulman & Associates because he thinks Danny is Jewish.

Sullivan & Son - "Monkey Plate" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Steve and Susan try to throw the perfect celebration for Ok Cha's birthday, but the arrival of Cousin Jenny (Margaret Cho) brings up an old family feud over a monkey plate. Meanwhile, Roy has once-in-a-lifetime field passes to a game, and Owen and Ahmed compete for the extra pass.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 18) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, August 19

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) - Catch Joseph on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse/The Tom Show/Boston Common) - Tasha appears on a repeat of The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
  • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena is a guest on a repeat of Katie, so check your local listings.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse gives the scoop on one of his coolest celebrity encounters on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vicki Lawrence (Mama's Family) - Vicki appears as Mama on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
  • Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife) - Malin is a guest on a repeat of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin surprises a fan on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer joins the Chew Crew on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Ana Ortiz (A.U.S.A./Kristin) - Ana will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • The Cast of The Brady Bunch - Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Barry Williams reunite to celebrate Florence's 80th Birthday on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.