Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ABC Picks-Up Better With You, No Ordinary Family For Full Seasons; WPIX's Chiller Theatre For Halloween 2010

ABC has picked up additional episodes of new and returning series for the 2010-11 Season. New series Better With You and No Ordinary Family received full season orders, and additional episodes were ordered for Detroit 1-8-7 and returning series Brothers & Sisters.
Sitcom Better With You and family sci-fi drama No Ordinary Family are at least getting the back nine, for at least 22 episodes this season. Better With You has done OK in its Wednesday at 8:30pm slot in between hits The Middle and Modern Family. Meanwhile, No Ordinary Family has improved ABC's Tuesdays at 8pm hour by a lot from last fall despite being up against two of TV's top series (Glee/NCIS).
As for the gritty cop show Detroit 1-8-7, ABC has ordered 5 additional episodes, giving it 18 episodes for the season. That should last it until March or so, unless ABC orders more episodes. The series has done OK in its timeslot (Tuesdays at 10) on a tough night where DVR usage is very high. And the fifth season of family drama Brothers & Sisters is getting 4 more episodes, giving it now a full 22 episode season. That's down from the 24 episodes it has done the last few seasons. The series was only supposed to do 18 episodes this season because ABC was going to launch upcoming tropical medical drama Off the Map in mid-season, but it looks like that series might be used on another night now. Brothers & Sisters airs Sundays at 10pm and is consistent each week in the ratings.
Finally, with all of these series getting good news, it's not good news for ABC's new Wednesday legal drama, The Whole Truth. The series will only fulfill its 13 episode order and complete its production. After tomorrow's episode, five episodes will have aired, but after tomorrow no other episodes are currently scheduled (though Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 is possible). Eight episodes will remain to air after tomorrow night. The series has not done well in its Wednesdays at 10pm slot.

This Shocktober, WPIX-11 in New York is the place for Halloween thrills and chills. The mayhem begins on Saturday, October 30 with the return of Chiller Theatre at 7pm and continues on Halloween night with the exclusive PIX11 broadcast of the Village Halloween Parade at 7pm.
The Village Halloween Parade, now in its 38th year, is the nation's largest public Halloween celebration and PIX11 is the official broadcast home of the Parade (7-10pm on October 31st) hosted by PIX's Jill Nicolini and Tamsen Fadal.
As part of PIX11's Shocktober spooks, CHILLLLLLER THEATRE will return to the station on Halloween weekend with four frightening films: White Zombie, Bride of the Monster, Dolls and Child's Play. Chiller Theatre, which returned to PIX11 in 2008, originally aired on the station from 1961-1978 and again from 1980-1982. PIX11's Chiller Theatre weekend will feature the original franchise opens: "The Six-Fingered Hand" and the "Monster Montage."
On Saturday, October 30, PIX11 will air a Bela Lugosi double feature, White Zombie (1932) from 7-8:30 pm and Bride of the Monster (1955) from 8:30-10 pm. On Halloween, Sunday, October 31, PIX11 will air Dolls (1987) from 2-4 pm and Childs Play (1988) from 4-6pm. On Halloween night, there will also be a Friends Halloween episode at 6:30pm leading into the Village Halloween Parade at 7pm, that makes us happy to have a sitcom in the mix this year as well!
View more info on WPIX's Shocktober and you can also discuss this year's line-up.


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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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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