Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FamilyNet Fall 2010 Schedule; RTV Launching in San Francisco, RTV Now in HD in South Florida

Today on the fall cable schedule barrage we are giving you FamilyNet's Fall 2010 schedule. The only thing really of note FamilyNet airs to us are 20th Century classics Lou Grant and Trapper John, M.D. They will be replaced starting Monday, October 4 from 5pm-9pm ET, with the additions of Lost in Space from 5-7pm Mon-Thurs and Big Valley from 7-9pm Mon-Thurs, so yes more 20th TV series. Leading into the dramas will still be back-to-back episodes of Merv Griffin's Crosswords from 3-4pm ET and The New Flipper at 4pm every weekday. FamilyNet Flicks will continue to air weeknights from 9-11pm ET and 12am-2am ET, with another half-hour of Crosswords at 2am.
On weekends, the Saturday mornings kids block will see some changes as Underdog and Bullwinkle are leaving the schedule. Airing are Mustard Pancakes, Dr. Penguin's World, Kid Fitness, The Underwater World, Adv. in Odyssey, Nana Pudd'in, Real Life 101, Aqua Kids, Fun! and Andiamo from 7am-12pm. Yes, I am thinking the same thing you're thinking, what on earth are these shows? Anyway, in primetime on Saturdays now will be a Fox Movie from 9-11pm and 11pm-1am. On Sundays the only thing of note is the Fox R2G Movie from 9-11:30pm and 11:30pm-2am, followed by a block of Black Beauty from 2am-4am.
It is too bad there are no sitcoms on the schedule anymore. Let's hope they add some soon again but Lost in Space and Big Valley are good classic TV options. We just wish they had more series and a sitcom or two at least. Stay tuned tomorrow for another all-new fall 2010 cable schedule!

San Francisco is going Retro in a big way. According to Jeff Chang the soon to be owner of KUNO (these call letters will be changed soon), RTV will launch in the next few weeks with initial coverage that includes both Dish Network and DirectTV for the Bay area. KUNO, licensed to Fort Bragg, is a full power digital that has been dark for some time. Chang and long time California media veteran Reid Davis are bringing the station back to life with a brand new digital signal. RTV will be carried on the primary channel of TV8 as well. TV8's Jeff Chang, said, "We look forward to TV8's debut with RTV's line up of classic programming. I am confident that the network will ensure a successful launch." RTV currently airs on primary stations such as in Boston, Miami (launched last week), Knoxville, Denver and Ft. Smith/Fayetteville.
According to RTV's Neal Ardman, "everyone at RTV is thrilled to partner with great operators like Chang and Reid. These guys are well respected broadcasters that know how to operate tv stations. We know TV8 will become a major force in its DMA just as WMFP has in Boston. TV8 viewers will enjoy great dramas like Magnum P.I., Marcus Welby M.D., and It Takes a Thief and great comedies like Amen, Kate and Allie, McHales Navy and of course the new Saturday Morning TV line up including Fat Albert, The Archies, She-Ra and He-Man.
In other RTV news, on Friday (Aug. 20) RetroTV returned to over 4 million Florida viewers with a new high definition television service. Launching on South Florida's largest independent broadcast group, RTV HD is carried by WHDT Miami in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market and by WHDT Stuart in the West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce market. Both stations are co-owned by G√ľnter Marksteiner. "WHDT Stuart is America's first high definition television station," says Marksteiner. "Along with our older cousin, former CBS affiliate WHDT Miami, we continue to produce original and innovative HD shows that appeal to all ages. Our coverage of world-class equestrian sports is unrivaled. As the first RTV HD affiliate, WHDT viewers can watch their favorite old TV shows in studio-grade quality direct from the master archives of RTV," says Marksteiner.
RTV's Neal Ardman said, "We are thrilled to both return to West Palm Beach and to be upgrading to a the first HD station in America." Ardman went on to say "now even more Floridians will be able to watch RTV. We couldn't be happier about launching our first HD feed, it is the beginning of a new era for RTV."


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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, August 20

Bob's Burgers - "Ain't Miss Debatin" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina is recruited by the debate team, she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship. Meanwhile, Louise and Gene convince their parents to help fund a stop-motion movie focusing on a surprising subject matter.

The Simpsons - "Havana Wild Weekend" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons decide to take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Simpsons - "Dad Behavior" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer finds a new app that makes his life much easier and outsources his father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Grampa finds that he is about to be a father again.

Family Guy - "Dearly Deported" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Chris’ Mexican girlfriend, Isabella, gets deported, he volunteers to take care of her twin babies. After learning that Isabella can’t come back to the U.S., the Griffins go to Mexico to return her children.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Friday, August 18

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Watch T.J. on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Brandy (Moesha/The Game/Thea) - Brandy talks about Broadway's Chicago on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi performs on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat talks about Leap and Home Again on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (Buffalo Bill/The Geena Davis Show) - Geena talks about Marjorie Prime on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.