Thursday, November 18, 2010

2010 Network TV Holiday Specials; Two and a Half Men Lasts Through 2021 In Syndication; TBS Schedules Seinfeld Festivus Marathon

Can you believe the holiday season is nearing? Thanksgiving is next week, which means Christmas is right around the corner! And then it will be 2011 already a week after Christmas. Time flies! Anyway as I mentioned, I have put together our annual network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, MyNetwork TV) holiday specials list that we all like to watch every year like Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas, new classics like Shrek the Halls and Disney Prep & Landing and we even get some all-new specials like Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special. Sure the network holiday line-ups are not as detailed as some cable networks like ABC Family, but the main holiday specials are still on network television! These are just actual holiday related specials and movies, not movies or specials airing during the holiday season on broadcast network television, kicking it off TONIGHT with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on ABC:



ABC
Thursdays, Nov. 18/25, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/This is America Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers
Monday, Nov. 29, 9:30-11pm ET: CMA Country Christmas (NEW!)
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8-9pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) and Shrek the Halls
Thursday, Dec. 2, 8-9pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas/Charlie Brown Christmas Tales plus seven-minute short from Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa (NEW!)
Thursday, Dec. 9, 8-9pm: Shrek the Halls ENCORE and Disney Prep & Landing
Monday, Dec. 13, 9-10pm: Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 8-9pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Thursday, Dec. 16, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas/Charlie Brown Christmas Tales plus seven-minute short from Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa ENCORES
Saturday, Dec. 18, 8-9pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown ENCORE
Saturday, Dec. 18, 9-11pm: ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Madagascar - includes 12 minute 2005 short Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper
Sunday, Dec. 19, 7-11pm: ABC Sunday Movies of the Week: The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 - The Escape Clause
Thursday, Dec. 23, 8pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) ENCORE
Thursday, Dec. 23, 8:30-11pm: ABC Thursday Movie of the Week: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Friday, Dec. 24, 9-11pm: ABC Friday Movie of the Week: The Santa Clause 2 ENCORE
Tuesday, Dec. 28, 8-9pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Thursday, Dec. 30, 8-9pm: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown/She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown (latter special is NEW! to ABC)
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on ABC, view our schedule.

CBS:
Sunday, Nov. 28, 9-11pm: Hallmark Hall of Fame: November Christmas (NEW!)
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8-9pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Saturday, Dec. 11, 8-9pm: Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns
Saturday, Dec. 11, 9-10pm: The Flight Before Christmas
Friday, Dec. 17, 8pm: Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus
Friday, Dec. 17, 8:30-9:30pm: Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns ENCORES
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 8-9pm: 12th Annual Home for the Holidays
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on CBS, view our schedule.

NBC:
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8-9pm: Merry Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (NEW!)
Saturday, Nov. 27, 8-9pm: Merry Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special ENCORES
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8-9pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NEW!)
Saturday, Dec. 11, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 9-11pm: Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas
Friday, Dec. 24, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life ENCORE
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on NBC, view our schedule.

Fox:
Friday, Nov. 26 8-10pm: TV's Greatest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special (NEW!)
Saturday, Dec. 25, 8-10pm: TV's Greatest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special ENCORE
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on Fox, view our schedule.

The CW:
None yet, but CW usually schedules Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer...so if they do, come on back here and we'll update this.
For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on The CW, view our schedule.


Look for Two and a Half Men to continue in reruns on your local broadcast stations in syndication for years to come, because the current seven year deal for the show has been extended by another seven years, lasting it to 2021! Warner Bros. has renewed the sitcom for another seven years on the Tribune and Sinclair station groups. Tribune renewed the show in all 19 of its markets -- including New York (WPIX), Los Angeles (KTLA) and Chicago (local WGN); while Sinclair renewed it in all 21 of its incumbent markets. Sinclair's stations are mostly located in mid-size markets, including Pittsburgh, Nashville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio. Usually sitcoms get five years or less terms for their first cycle, but Men got two more years and will get the same amount in its second cycle.
Two and a Half Men premiered in local broadcast syndication in Fall 2007 and stations are paying $2 million an episode. The sitcom is the top-rated off-net sitcom for 163 weeks in a row now and season-to-date, Two and a Half Men is averaging a 5.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, and a 3.3 rating among adults 25-54. The show outperforms its nearest competitor, Twentieth's Family Guy, by 77% in households and 83% in adults 25-54, reports B&C.

For those who prefer not to spend the day after Thanksgiving fighting crowds at the mall, TBS has the perfect alternative. It's "Festivus for the rest of us!" as TBS unwraps the Seinfeld: Happy Festivus marathon Friday, Nov. 26, with nine solid hours of classic Seinfeld episodes.
The hilarious collection will open at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) with the "The Contest" and climax at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) with the Festivus-themed episode "The Strike." Along the way, TBS's post-Thanksgiving Seinfeld marathon will be packed with such unforgettable episodes as "The Soup Nazi" and "The Muffin Tops," to name a few.
We mentioned this stunt a few time already, but now it is official. Seinfeld, created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David and produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and West-Shapiro, premiered in 1990. Seinfeld stars as a stand-up comedian who shares various adventures and misadventures with his three pals: Elaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus; George, played by Jason Alexander; and Kramer, played by Michael Richards. Considered by many to be the greatest sitcom of all time, Seinfeld earned numerous awards and top ratings during its nine seasons. The series joined the TBS line-up in October 2002 and currently airs weekdays at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).


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 / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.