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, 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 (September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season Modern Family - The Complete Season 7

09/06 - Coach - Season One (Mill Creek) / Season Two / Seasons One and Two
09/06 - South Park - The Complete Ninteenth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)
09/13 - Newhart - The Complete Sixth Season
09/20 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fifth Season
09/20 - Family Matters - The Complete Eighth Season
09/20 - Modern Family - The Complete Season 7
09/20 - Veep - Season 5
09/27 - The Wonder Years - Season Six
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, October 21

Last Man Standing - "Trick or Treat" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who’s reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they’ll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as… Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she’s being laid off.

Dr. Ken - "D.K.'s Korean Ghost Story" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
On Halloween, Allison is disappointed the holiday doesn’t seem to scare Dave anymore, meaning her little boy is growing up, perhaps too fast. But that might change after D.K. tells a scary Korean gwishin (ghost) story. The Park family, as well as the gang at Welltopia, bring the story to life playing the various gwishins.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "Jack" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Marcus deals with the loss of one of his former teammates.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 17)

Friday, October 21

  • Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple/Go On/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Matthew on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends) - Matt is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah talks about Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1:15pm.
  • Lindsay Sloane (The Odd Couple/The Stones/Mr. Rhodes) - Lindsay visits Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Tom and Ron will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian talks about King Cobra on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Netflix's Good Girls Revolt on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Grey (Red Oaks/It's Like, You Know...) - Jennifer joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple/Sean Saves the World/Reno 911!) and Jason Biggs (Mad Love/Drexell's Class) - Thomas and Jason are guests on Chelsea on Netflix.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Paul Reiser (Red Oaks/Mad About You/The Paul Reiser Show) - Paul is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.