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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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
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


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.