Monday, October 18, 2010
As for the rest of the GMC schedule, there is nothing different to report. No sitcoms except Amen are airing on weekdays and Sister, Sister is airing on Saturdays. The weekday schedule remains as this: Highway to Heaven at 10am, GMC Movie at 11am, more Highway to Heaven at 1pm, Promised Land at 2pm, Sue Thomas F.B.eye at 3pm, Doc at 4pm, Dr. Quinn Medicine Women at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. From 9pm-11pm, Movies air Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays two episodes of Doc air and on Thursdays we get two episodes of Early Edition. Late nights from Mon-Thurs have back-to-back Amen episode at 11pm then a Gospel Music break at 12am, with more Amen in the 1am hour. 227 would sure fit in well with Amen! Saturdays have a Sister, Sister block starting at 10am usually running into various times in the late afternoon. Movies air on Sundays. Still no word on if and when Joan of Arcadia, Cosby, and Christy will return.
We leave you with some sad news. Barbara Billingsley, who of course played June Cleaver in the 1950s-1960s sitcom Leave it to Beaver, died Saturday (Oct. 16) after a long illness at her home in Santa Monica. When the show debuted in 1957 on CBS, Jerry Mathers, who played Beaver, was 9, and Tony Dow, who portrayed Wally, was 12. Billingsley's character, the perfect stay-at-home mom, was always there to gently but firmly nurture both through the ups and downs of childhood. The show moved to ABC for its remaining seasons. Barbara's TV husband Hugh Beaumont, who played Ward Cleaver, died in 1982.
After Leave it to Beaver left the air in 1963 on ABC, Billingsley largely disappeared from public view for several years. She resurfaced in 1980 in a hilarious cameo in the big screen movie Airplane! playing a demure elderly passenger not unlike June Cleaver. She returned as June Cleaver in a 1983 TV movie, Still the Beaver, that costarred Mathers and Dow and portrayed a much darker side of Beaver's life. In his mid-30s, Beaver was unemployed, unable to communicate with his own sons and going through a divorce. Wally, a successful lawyer, was handling the divorce, and June was at a loss to help her son through the transition. "Ward, what would you do?" she asked at the site of her husband's grave.
The movie revived interest in the Cleaver family, and the Disney Channel launched The New Leave It to Beaver as a series in 1985. That series took a more hopeful view of the Cleavers than the TV movie, with Beaver winning custody of his two sons and all three moving in with June. Years later in 1997, Universal made a Leave it to Beaver theatrical film with a new generation of actors. Billingsley returned for a cameo, however, as Aunt Martha.
She has guest starred on many series over the years as well. She has appeared on The Abbott & Costello Show, The Danny Thomas Show, Mork & Mindy, Silver Spoons, Murphy Brown, The Love Boat, Empty Nest, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Hi Honey I'm Home, Amazing Stories, Baby Boom and had a memorable comic turn opposite fellow TV moms June Lockhart of Lassie and Isabel Sanford of The Jeffersons on Roseanne in 1995. Her last role was on an episode of My Name is Earl in 2007.
Besides Leave it to Beaver and The New Leave it to Beaver, she was a regular on a few other series as well. Many remember her as the voice of the nanny on the '80s animated series The Muppet Babies, as we never saw the face of the nanny (or her name). Before she was June Cleaver, she had two short-lived sitcoms. The CBS sitcom in 1955 titled Professional Father and the 1956-57 CBS sitcom The Brothers.
Barbara will be DEEPLY missed. She was a TV icon for her role of June Cleaver. We will let you know of any on-air tributes to her. Hopefully TV Land or RTN air a Leave it to Beaver marathon. It would be nice if someone aired Still the Beaver/The New Leave it to Beaver as well, as that hasn't been seen anywhere in YEARS. And for those fans of her as the nanny on Muppet Babies, maybe The Hub or some network will air that? We will definitely let you know...so stay with us. Barbara lived a long life and was 94.
The Middle - "The Kiss" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Frankie’s sister asks her to house-sit, Frankie and Mike jump at the opportunity to have a romantic, kid-free weekend in an upscale home. But technology might just trump romance when they find themselves having a difficult time navigating all of the computerized gadgets in the house. Meanwhile, Sue, who has been left in charge of watching over Brick while the parents are away, finds the Heck house being invaded by the bratty neighborhood Glossner kids, and Axl takes a road trip with Darrin and Sean in an attempt to drive to Vassar and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Cassidy.
Back in the Game - "Massive Election" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Terry plays politics when she challenges Dick for the position of League President. Meanwhile, The Cannon takes Danny out to the golf course to teach him a lesson in the importance of being a leader.
Modern Family - "The Big Game" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
With a big football game coming up and a record to break, Coach Cam is intensely focused and showing no mercy even when the opposing team is playing with an unexpected disadvantage. Elsewhere, Claire is determined to prove to the staff that she is more than just the boss’s daughter, and Phil tries to teach his kids a lesson about optimism, but the universe just isn’t cooperating.
Super Fun Night - "Pilot" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Kimmie thinks back to how her big promotion at the firm changed her life and gave her the confidence to convince best friends Helen-Alice and Marika to forgo their standing .
Kirstie - "Pilot" / "Arlo Moves In" (TV Land, 10:00-11:00PM ET/PT)
"Pilot" - Broadway diva Madison Banks (Kirstie Alley) is shocked to find the son she gave up for adoption (Eric Petersen) at her door. Unsure how to fit him into her life, she pushes him away until realizing he may be just what she needs.
"Arlo Moves In" - Unnerved by the saintly specter of Arlo's adoptive mom and the barbs of her understudy (Kristin Chenoweth) Maddie struggles to adapt to her new life as a mom. Meanwhile, Arlo wonders if they'll ever have a real relationship. Guest Star: Kristin Chenoweth.
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Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "The Automatic Teller Machine" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Richard catches Keisha kissing a stranger named Eric in the ATM room.
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "A Woman Scorned" (OWN, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The ladies reminisce about their relationships while the guys try to convince Richard to walk away from Keisha without a fight.
Wednesday, December 4
- Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Watch Woody on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) - Melissa is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Eric André (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Eric appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa stops by The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
- Kirstie Alley (Kirstie/Veronica's Closet/Cheers) - Kirstie cooks with co-host Clinton Kelly as the co-hosts dish up recipes reminiscent of their holidays as children, personal favorites from past decades on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve chats with Rach at the kitchen table and dishes out super-funny stories from his own family on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) - Lisa talks about what she's working on now and her every day workout tips for busy moms on Katie, so check your local listings.