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.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, October 19

Superstore - "Workplace Bullying" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

The Good Place - "The Trolley Problem" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).

Will & Grace - "Grandpa Jack" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jack (Sean Hayes) is stunned to learn that his estranged son, Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) has a son of his own, Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer). Moreover, Skip needs the kind of help only Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack can provide. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) behave badly with the hot new guy at work.

Great News - "Award Show" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott), a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer (guest star Christopher McDonald), an idol of Chuck's who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Better Things - "Eulogy" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam demands satisfaction.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Thursday, October 19

  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Catch Tracy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Jim is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michael Keaton (Working Stiffs/All's Fair) - Michael appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Amy Landecker (Transparent) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carl Reinder (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Carl appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Garcelle guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Office) - Angela talks about the new season of her Netflix show Haters Back Off on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Out of Practice) - Henry is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) - Hayley appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - Joanna teams up with Michael Symon in the kitchen, giving the scoop on her new show and whipping up a tasty dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT. She also talks about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Redman (Method & Red) - Redman appears on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Debra Messing and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Debra and Eric are guests on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


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)
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