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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, April 26

The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

Speechless - "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

black-ish - "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

black-ish - "All Groan Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

Nobodies - "Not the Emmys" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Award season! Larry, Rachel and Hugh are going to the Annies… while all their Groundlings friends are going to the Emmys.

Lopez - "No Country Club for Young Men" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George gets Hector a job at his country club, but he falls in with a bad crowd of rich kids. Olly's little sister rolls back into town while Manolo struggles to stay focused in his GED class.

Hollywood Darlings - "Driving Miss Jodie" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jodie must choose between a sports car and a minivan; Christine's dream of participating in an exclusive yoga class is thwarted by a loud-breathing celebrity classmate.

Return of the Mac - "The Wrong Stuff" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Feeling threatened by newly appointed sidekick Joey Fatone, Joe heads to a comedy club to hone his comedy monologue skills.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Wednesday, April 26

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) - Maria appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about the disease she won’t let destroy her on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your loclal listings.
  • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity makes pecan bars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.