Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Cleveland Show, Burn Notice Sold to Syndication; New Seasons for Rookie Blue, Good Luck Charlie

Turner cable has acquired the off-network rights to Fox's Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show from Twentieth Television. The animated comedy will run on both Adult Swim and TBS, which will share the show like they do with parent series Family Guy. Adult Swim (the late night block on Cartoon Network) and TBS will both get The Cleveland Show starting in Fall 2013.
Variety reports that Turner paid around $500,000 an episode. The series just finished its freshman season and will return next season on Fox, but Fox even ordered a third season already. Local broadcast syndication is still not done and probably will take a few years still. It would start on local stations in Fall 2013 as well.
The Cleveland Show is the fourth freshman series already getting cable deals, joining NCIS: Los Angeles, Modern Family and Glee. Three of those four series come from Twentieth Television. NCIS: Los Angeles and Modern Family will air on USA Network starting Fall 2013 and Glee will air on Oxygen starting Fall 2013. All four series still have local broadcast syndication deals to come in a few years, so stay with us.

Moving on to local broadcast syndication, Twentieth Television has sold the USA Network original series Burn Notice in syndication to the Fox Television Stations as well as to Sinclair and Gray stations, representing 60% of the US for a Fall 2012 launch. The one-hour drama starring Sharon Gless will be scheduled in weekend syndication in top ten markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington, D.C. Sharon Gless was just nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Before the Fall 2012 launch, Burn Notice repeats will be seen on MyNetwork TV primetime this fall (2010) on Wednesday nights from 8-10pm, as we previously mentioned.
Fox Television Stations clearing the program include WNYW-WWOR/New York, KTTV-KCOP/Los Angeles, WFLD-WPWR/Chicago, WTXF/Philadelphia, KDFW-KDFI/Dallas-Fort Worth, WFXT/Boston, WAGA/Atlanta, WTTG-WDCA/Washington, D.C., KRIV-KTXH/Houston, WJBK/Detroit, KSAZ-KUTP/Phoenix, WTVT/Tampa, KMSP-WFTC/Minneapolis-St. Paul, WOFL-WRBW/Orlando, WUTB/Baltimore, WHBQ/Memphis and KTBC/Austin; on Sinclair's KDNL/St. Louis, WPGH-WPMY/Pittsburgh, WLFL-WRDC/Raleigh-Durham, WZTV-WUXP/Nashville, WSYX-WTTE/Columbus, WSTR/Cincinnati, WCGV-WVTV/Milwaukee, WLOS/WMYA/Greenville-Spartanburg, KABB/KMYS/San Antonio, WABM-WTTO/Birmingham, KVMY-KVCW/Las Vegas, WTVZ/Norfolk, KOKH-KOCB/Oklahoma City and WXLV-WMYV/Greensboro.

ABC and Canwest jointly announced the renewal of this summer's number one new scripted series Rookie Blue. The drama was renewed for a second season just three weeks following its highly rated premiere on ABC.
Rookie Blue stands as the most-watched television show in summer's Thursday's 9:00 p.m. hour. Sparked by this positive viewer response to the series, the second season is currently in development and will move into production in Toronto next month.
For ABC, the new series ranks second on Thursday night among the broadcast networks to Fox's time-slot veteran So You Think You Can Dance among young adults (A18-34/A18-49). In Adults 18-49, Rookie Blue's premiere telecast stands as TV's top-rated summer scripted series debut in over 1 year and ABC's highest in nearly 6 years – since 5/26/09 and 7/18/04, respectively. Rookie Blue is producing year-to-year gains for ABC in the hour of 4.2 million viewers and 125% in Adults 18-49, from the network's Summer 2009 averages in the time slot. Rookie Blue also was the highest-rated premiere for a Canadian drama series on any network in over a decade.
Shot entirely on location in Toronto, Rookie Blue features Missy Peregrym (Reaper, life as we know it), Gregory Smith (Everwood), Charlotte Sullivan, Enuka Okuma (24) and Travis Milne. Rounding out the cast is Ben Bass, Eric Johnson, Matt Gordon, Noam Jenkins (Flashpoint) and Melanie Nicholls King (The Wire).
In tonight's (July 15) episode, "Signals Crossed," Andy (Missy Peregrym) trades in her uniform for something more risqué when she goes undercover as a prostitute. Tensions run high when Dov (Gregory Smith) puts an informant's life in jeopardy and it's up to Andy to infiltrate a risky gun deal in progress to save her.

Disney Channel has ordered up a second season of its newest out-of-the gate sitcom hit, Good Luck Charlie -- just three months after its premiere. Development has also begun on a holiday-themed Good Luck Charlie Disney Channel Original Movie. The movie, being written by Geoff Rodkey, will star the talented series cast, Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico, Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer.
In 2Q10, Good Luck Charlie ranked as the No. 1 series on television among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, posting double-digit gains year to year among both demographics and defeating its time period competition by triple digits.
In the series, the Duncans' lives are turned topsy turvy with the arrival of a new baby sister, Charlotte (AKA Charlie). When parents Bob and Amy return to work, they enlist the help of their two teenagers, Teddy and PJ, and 10-year-old son Gabe to care for Charlie. Now the older siblings have to pitch in and get familiar with all things baby while navigating typical teen lives. Each episode features Teddy's video diary, one she's creating for Charlie to use for advice after Teddy has grown up and moved out.
Good Luck Charlie is seen Sundays at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT. It is seen on Disney Channels around the world, with full episodes available on DisneyChannel.com, Disney Channel on Demand, mobile providers including Sprint TV, MobiTV, AT&T CV and Verizon V Cast, iTunes, Netflix and onboard airlines.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

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
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, August 20

Family Guy - "Ain't Miss Debatin" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina is recruited by the debate team, she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship. Meanwhile, Louise and Gene convince their parents to help fund a stop-motion movie focusing on a surprising subject matter.

The Simpsons - "Havana Wild Weekend" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons decide to take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Simpsons - "Dad Behavior" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer finds a new app that makes his life much easier and outsources his father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Grampa finds that he is about to be a father again.

Family Guy - "Dearly Deported" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Chris’ Mexican girlfriend, Isabella, gets deported, he volunteers to take care of her twin babies. After learning that Isabella can’t come back to the U.S., the Griffins go to Mexico to return her children.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Friday, August 18

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Watch T.J. on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Brandy (Moesha/The Game/Thea) - Brandy talks about Broadway's Chicago on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi performs on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat talks about Leap and Home Again on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (Buffalo Bill/The Geena Davis Show) - Geena talks about Marjorie Prime on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.