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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 18

The Goldbergs - "Revenge o' the Nerds" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With the children growing up, Beverly decides to reinvent herself and quits being a substitute teacher. She decides to focus her energy on going to night school so she can eventually own her own business. Murray doesn’t like change or things costing money, so he convinces her to get a perm instead. Meanwhile, Erica struggles to balance her academic and social life in college and needs Adam’s assistance.

Speechless - "T-R-- TRAINING D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy takes JJ camping to give him “the talk,” Maya trains a ragtag group of new aides, and sparks fly between Dylan and Ray’s bully.

Modern Family - "Sex, Lies & Kickball" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay’s best friend, Shorty, is back from Costa Rica and stays at the house so they can catch up and reconnect. However, Shorty is spending more time with Gloria and seems to be avoiding Jay. Meanwhile, Alex is ready to shed her good-girl image and is going to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is definitely a sexual relationship.

American Housewife - "The Lice Storm" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Anna-Kat brings home a lice infestation, Katie uses it to force bonding time with Taylor. Greg attempts to bond with Oliver (and avoid lice) by camping in the backyard, but Greg becomes concerned when Oliver keeps ditching their campout to be with their new sleazy neighbor named Spencer.

You're the Worst - "A Bunch of Hornballs" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy goes out of town for a Romance/Erotica fiction convention while Gretchen throws a divorce party for Lindsay, leading to an unintended deepening of Gretchen's relationship with Boone. Meanwhile, Edgar's friend Max encourages him to overspend on party planning.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Wednesday, October 18

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • James Van Der Beek (What Would Diplo Do?/Friends with Better Lives/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - James appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) and Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Woody and Rob chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They also talk about LBJ on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Facts of Life/Living Single) - Kim talks about A Question of Faith on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Pooch Hall (The Game/Accidentally on Purpose) - Pooch guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Darrow & Darrow on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Liz Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/Victorious) - Liz opens up about the Dynasty reboot on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa talks about her new Lifetime movie The Watcher in the Woods on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on the AOL Build Show at 3:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Parenthood) - David is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Patrice Lovely (Love Thy Neighbor) - Patrice appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:50am.
  • Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) - Frankie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark appears 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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