Friday, October 15, 2010

ABC Family Pulls Friday Night Lights Totally; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 18, 2010)

About 10 days ago we told you that ABC Family was moving Friday Night Lights to weekdays at 11am starting Oct. 11 and that did happen of course, but now starting next week (Oct. 18), it is being pulled from that slot even. The morning airing of Gilmore Girls will return and replace Friday Night Lights completely due to more bad ratings. The 11am move only lasted 5 days and had its last airing today. No word on if and when the series will return, but it underperformed in its weekdays at 6pm slot in September.
In other ABC Family updates, on Monday we told you that original sitcom Melissa & Joey was ordered for 20 more episodes, and yes that is still true, but they are now airing only 12 in the first half rather than 15. This means the fall finale will NOT be on Tuesday, Nov. 16 anymore, but it will be on Tuesday, Oct. 26 now. So 12 of the 30 episodes would have aired by then, meaning that 18 episodes will remain to air sometime in early 2011. This also means there is no catch-up marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 1-8pm. However a mini-stack has been added on Friday, Nov. 19 from 7pm-11pm. No return date has been announced yet, but ABC Family did announce earlier this week that Pretty Little Liars will move to Mondays at 8pm for its second half of the season starting Jan. 3, followed by season four of Greek at 9pm. So it's possible Melissa & Joey could return to Tuesdays at 8p starting in January. Stay with us for updates.
And finally when the Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas airs on weeknights starting Nov. 22, we mentioned before that My Wife & Kids will have its evening airings at 6pm aired at 1pm instead of 8 Simple Rules, but now that is not happening and 8 Simple Rules will remain at 1pm and My Wife & Kids will air at 12am still for these 10 days, while the Christmas programming airs weeknights starting at 6pm.


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 Oct. 18-22, 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, October 18, 2010
  • Jim Belushi (According to Jim) - Catch Jim on Lopez Tonight on TBS at 11pm.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - Catch David on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson-Peete - Watch these past sitcom stars on the CBS Early Show, promoting their new CBS talk show with co-hosts Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne as well.
  • Tyler Perry (House of Payne/Meet the Bowns) - Watch Tyler on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Raven Symone (That's So Raven/Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/Cosby Show) - Watch Raven on The Mo'nique Show on BET at 11pm.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - Catch Julie on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock/SNL) - Catch Tina on a REPEAT of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Ted Danson (Becker/Cheers/Help Me Help You/Bored to Death) - Watch Ted on The Rachel Ray Show so check your local listings.
  • Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) - Catch Eve on The Joy Behar Show at 9pm on HLN.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
  • James Burrows (Cheers) - Catch the legendary sitcom director on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, so check your listings for time.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Raymond/Back To You) - Catch Patty co-hosting the first of two days on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jeff Foxworthy (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) - Watch Jeff on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your listings.
  • Tyler Perry (House of Payne/Meet the Browns) -Watch Tyler on The Oprah Show, so check your listings.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • Jeff Foxworthy (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) - Catch Jeff on an all-new Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Everybody Loves Raymond/Back to You) - Watch Patty co-host for a second straight day on The View at 11am ET/10am CT-PT on ABC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Jim on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly so do check your local listings for time and station.
  • Judith Light (Who's the Boss?/Ugly Betty) - Watch Judith on the LIVE! with Regis & Kelly also, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (The Office) - Watch Ellie on a REPEAT of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS at 12:37am.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Watch a repeat of Betty on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
Friday, October 22, 2010
  • Cast of The Big Bang Theory - Catch the cast on a REPEAT of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tyler Perry (House of Payne/Meet the Browns) - Catch the funnymany and sitcom creator on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny) - Fran appears on the CBS Early Show sometime between 7-9am.
  • JoAnna Garcia (Better With You/Reba) - Catch a repeat of JoAnna on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC
  • Wanda Sykes (Old Christine) - Catch Wanda on The Ellen DeGeneres Show so check your local affiliate.
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, October 23

The Big Bang Theory - "The Collaboration Contamination" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon and Koothrappali confide in Bernadette when they can’t handle Amy and Wolowitz working together. Also, Penny and Leonard learn new tactics for how to deal Sheldon from an unlikely source.

9JKL - "High Steaks" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Josh begs Andrew and Harry to let him join their racquetball game only to learn the monthly outing is actually a cover for having a steak and scotch dinner behind Judy’s back. Also, Eve and Judy begrudgingly spend their free evening together.

Kevin Can Wait - "Grief Thief" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa plots her revenge on Kevin after learning he lied his way out of working on a Sunday to attend a football game with Goody. Also, Kyle has a new girlfriend, Denise (Deborah Unger), and Chale and Kendra have their first squabble as a married couple.

Me, Myself & I - "Family Tree" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Mid-life Alex helps his daughter, Abby, with a family tree project, he’s tempted to find his biological father. Also, Young Alex must perform at Ron’s family reunion talent show, and Older Alex meets Older Abby’s new boyfriend.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 23)

Monday, October 23

  • George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Watch George on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She chats about the book Unqualified on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
  • John Cho (Selfie/Go On/Kitchen Confidential) - John is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Method Man (Method & Red) - Method Man visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Stephanie stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) - Bobby appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Betsy will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Heather Graham (Californication/Emily's Reasons Why Not) - Heather talks about Law & Order: True Crime on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 2pm. She can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:25am.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie shows Clinton Kelly how to make her amazing pumpkin dish on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Judith Light (Transparent/Phenom/Who's the Boss?) - Judith is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.


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