Friday, August 27, 2010

Cable Sitcoms Hot in Cleveland and Melissa & Joey Ratings; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 30, 2010)

Original sitcoms this summer have done well on cable. Sitcoms like Are We There Yet for TBS, Hot in Cleveland for TV Land and now Melissa & Joey for ABC Family. TV Land's Hot in Cleveland had its season finale last Wednesday (Aug. 18) and it did a solid 3.4 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. That was its best total viewers since the series premiere which did 4.75 million. In live+3 day DVR ratings, the season finale averaged over 4 million viewers and a rating of 2.1 in Adults 25-54 and 2.8 in Women 25-54 which is more than a 20% increase over the previous week's episode. The sitcom will begin production on 20 episodes in October with it returning to the air in January 2011 with new original sitcom Retired at 35.
Meanwhile, ABC Family launched new sitcom Melissa & Joey last Tuesday (Aug. 17) to its best original series premiere ratings among 18-49 ever! The premiere episode did 2.15 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. The second episode immediately followed and built on the premiere in viewers with 2.18 million and held much of the 18-49 rating with a 0.9 rating. Week two had episode three air this past Tuesday (Aug. 24) and the series had great retention doing 1.92 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. ABC Family is smartly airing encores after the morning Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airings and afternoon Sabrina airings once a week each, which also starred Melissa Joan Hart. I think cable series benefit from repeats/encores during the week, that is why some grow during the original airings.

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of August 30-Sept. 3, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, August 30, 2010
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) - Catch Aubrey on a May repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Watch the legendary Rob Reiner on Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, so check your local listings!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
  • Jimmie J.J. Walker (Good Times) - Catch J.J. on an all-new Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. Dyno-mite!
  • New Dancing with the Stars cast - The new cast for season 11 will me on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am. Maybe a sitcom star or two? Florence Henderson is rumored!
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Jim on a repeat of Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS. Bazinga!
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Catch a repeat with Kunal from The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings for time and channel.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
  • Thomas Haden Church (Wings) - Thomas appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) - Catch Mackenzie on a March repeat of The View at 11am ET/10am PT-CT on ABC.
  • Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) - Catch Jane on a repeat of The Bonnie Hunt Show (check your local listings).
  • Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?) - Watch funnyman Terry on a repeat of The Mo'nique Show on BET at 11pm!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
  • Will Arnett (Running Wilde/Arrested Development) - Catch Will on an all-new The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (Carpoolers) - Catch Jerry on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at 12:06am.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Watch Steve on a repeat of Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tina Fey (Family Ties/Spin City) - Catch the funny lady Tina on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Watch Dick on a repeat of The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings.
Friday, September 3, 2010
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore) - Watch Betty again on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Holly Robinson-Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper) - Catch a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly with Holly so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) - Watch Rico on a repeat of The Rachel Ray Show, so check your local listings for showtime!

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New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 9

Last Man Standing - "Help Wanted" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Since losing her teaching job, Vanessa has been spending her time hovering over the family, and it’s driving everyone nuts. Over at Kristin and Ryan’s house, Ryan and Kyle are wrapped-up in a zombie face-off to determine who knows the most about zombies and how to survive an apocalypse. Unable to land a new gig, Vanessa becomes discouraged, but Mike does everything he can to get her back doing what she loves.

Dr. Ken - "Ken's Apology" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ken wants to apologize to a patient for missing an important medical detail, Pat advises against it, and the situation gets out of hand. Meanwhile, D.K. shakes things up at Dave’s parent/teacher conference.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Friday, December 9

  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Watch Olivia on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Papa (Come to Papa) - Tom is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah whips up a delicious treat on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Kind (Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Jennifer appears on Chelsea on Netflix.