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 (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

Monday, August 21

Kevin Can Wait - "Unholy War" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After reluctantly settling on a date for Kendra’s wedding, Kevin learns that his childhood nemesis, Terry (Kim Coates), is trying to reserve the church on the same day. As the two battle for Father Phillip’s (Jim Breuer) approval by becoming more involved in the church, Kevin’s drive to get the church for Kendra becomes an insatiable desire to get revenge on his old rival.

Superior Donuts - "Man Without a Health Plan" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The group decides to take up a collection to pay for Franco’s medical expenses when he’s hurt at work and doesn’t have insurance. Also, Tush experiences unusual side effects when he participates in an experimental drug trial.

Mom - "Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie worry about Jill after her cry for help on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.

Life in Pieces - "Babysit Argument Invention Butterfly" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Matt and Colleen have a disastrous time babysitting Lark while Jen is at work. Also, Sophia is far from pleased when John buys her a butterfly kit for her birthday; Tim and Heather rehash an old fight from the early days of their relationship; and Greg gives Samantha questionable advice about being an entrepreneur for her school project.

American Dad - "Kloger" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Roger and Klaus start having a secret affair after they accidentally end up on an online date together; Steve tries to catch Hayley's pink eye to get out of doing a fitness test at school.

People of Earth - "Why Can't We Be Friends?" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Ozzie confronts Walsh about being an alien; Richard gets fired from his job and joins Agent Foster on her search for Walsh.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 21)

Monday, August 21

  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Watch Nick on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to The Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Friends) - Matt stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Amy chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Aziz Ansari (Master of None/Parks and Recreation) - Aziz drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) - Sabrina appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) and Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Rachel and Jenna are guests on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara opens up about beauty standards in Hollywood on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon talks about Marlon on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Lilla Crawford, Taylor Louderman and Elan Luz Rivera (Sunny Day) - The stars of Nickelodeon's upcoming series Sunny Day are guests on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:45am.