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 (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, January 21

The Thundermans - "Better Off Wed" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The kids learn that Dr. Colosso ruined their parents' wedding years earlier, and want to recreate Hank & Barb's dream day as their anniversary gift. However, Dr. Colosso remains a threat, and they must keep their plans a secret.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Keeping Up with the Quadashians" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After binge watching their favorite reality TV show, the Quads decide their lives are every bit as "reality TV" worthy, and decide to make a show of their own. Guest Stars: Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler

School of Rock - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Tomika and Zack work on a love song together, leading to a moment that will change their friendship forever. Summer and Lawrence hang out together for the first time, and Freddy helps Mr. Finn with a problem.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Saturday, January 21

  • Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - Phylicia will be featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
Sunday, January 22
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, January 23
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.