Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Me-TV Going National Starting December 8; Fox Schedules Running Wilde Schedule and Finale

You saw that title correctly, Weigel's Me-TV (Memorable Entertainment TV) is going national starting Wednesday, December 8, 2010! It is expanding beyond just stations in Chicago and Milwaukee! This is wonderful news and the coming months are shaping up to be great for fans of classic TV, as we also will be getting Antenna TV in many markets on digital local stations starting Jan. 1. See our previous stories on Antenna TV.
Back to Me-TV, it will be a free, over-the-air television network for local broadcasters, just like Tribune's Antenna TV. It will run 24 hours/7 days a week with iconic television series in all the classic genres: comedy, drama, western adventure and crime/courtroom/detective series. More than 50 series from the 1950s-1980s have been licensed for air on the national Me-TV Network from multiple studios and independent producers. This allows for the type of seasonal and thematic program stunts which have defined Me-TV in Chicago for more than seven years as the destination for true, classic television presented with respect for the programs and viewers.
Among the series on the national Me-TV will be The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, Laverne & Shirley, The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, Cheers, Beverly Hillbillies, Streets of San Francisco, The Big Valley, Hawaii Five-0, Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Marshall Dillon, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Honey West, Taxi, The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, Cannon, The Odd Couple, The Honeymooners, The Untouchables, Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, Rawhide, Combat, 12 O'Clock High, Phil Silvers Show, The Wild Wild West, Petticoat Junction, Car 54 Where Are You? and Family Affair! Most of these series are from CBS Paramount with a few from 20th Century Television as well. View and discuss the complete schedule.
So what does Antenna TV think of this? Sean Compton, VP of Tribune Broadcasting, told us this: "I'm glad they are launching, the dot 2 spectrum is going to be filled with great programming. Me-TV is a competing yet at the same time complementing service. We have opposite shows and they don't run movies. (It) should be fun having both of us out there. I wish them luck; they are good guys." We also spoke with Neal Sabin, VP of Weigel Broadcasting, and he added the following: "Sean and I have a great relationship, we are sort of co-competitors of sorts. There is a mutual admiration between us, and I think the market place benefits from having both of us out there. In every market where Tribune or local TV has the Antenna TV affiliation, we become an option for the other broadcasters." -- We agree 100% with both Sean and Neal! The more classic TV, the merrier! SitcomsOnline.com supports both services and cannot wait for both to launch!
So now we have to ask, what markets will Me-TV be in? Antenna TV has secured nearly all of the top markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, but what about Me-TV? We will let you know clearances very soon, but unfortunately there is no clearance yet for New York City, but hopefully they can secure a spot soon. Chicago and Milwaukee will of course still remain with their current line-up. Stay tuned for clearances for Me-TV national!
View more on the national Me-TV Network. Me-TV is owned by Weigel Broadcasting Company.

Moving on to the other news of the day, Fox has set the finale date for struggling comedy Running Wilde. Fox has said they are not going to order more than the initial 13 episodes of the comedy, but it is all but canceled. They haven't said the "c" word, but after the terrible ratings, it seems it has zero chance of coming back next season.
The comedy starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell still has six episodes left to air and they will ALL air in December. It will air at its normal time of Tuesdays at 9:30pm next week (Nov. 30) and the following week (Dec. 7). The next two Tuesdays, Fox will preempt the series (Glee repeats on Dec. 14 and a new Million Dollar Money Drop on Dec. 21). As a result, Fox will move the show to Sundays for the next three weeks: Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7pm, Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7pm and Sunday, Dec. 26 at 9:30pm. The final two episodes will air on its normal night of Tuesdays, with back-to-back airings in the 9pm hour on Tuesday, Dec. 28.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April)

Barney Miller - The Complete Seventh Season Frasier - The Complete Series What's Happening!! - The Complete Series The Jeffersons - Season Seven Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Second Season

04/07 - Barney Miller - The Complete Seventh Season
04/07 - The Brady Bunch - The Complete Series
04/07 - The Crazy Ones - The Complete First Season
04/07 - Frasier - The Complete Series
04/07 - King of the Hill - The Complete 9th Season
04/07 - King of the Hill - The Complete 10th Season
04/07 - 1600 Penn - The Complete Season 1
04/07 - Wanda at Large - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
04/07 - Wilfred - The Complete Season 4
04/14 - Growing Pains - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
04/21 - What's Happening!! - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
04/28 - I Love Lucy - I Love Mom Edition
04/28 - The Jeffersons - Season Seven
04/28 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites: Season 5
04/28 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Second Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, April 17

Last Man Standing - "Daddy Dearest" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Mike and Ed take Ryan and his supposedly-ailing dad, Victor, on their hunting trip, Victor admits he wasn’t truthful about his reasons for finally coming to see Ryan. Meanwhile, Vanessa scrambles to get more family members to attend Ryan and Kristin’s wedding.

Cristela - "Movin' On Up" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Cristela, Maddie and Josh eagerly await the results of the bar exam. Much to everyone’s surprise, Maddie passes while Josh does not. Cristela also passes the exam and Trent offers her an attorney position at his law firm that comes along with an added perk of hiring an assistant. Faced with moving back in with his parents, Josh eagerly accepts the assistant gig. An ecstatic Cristela returns home to celebrate, but is lovingly confronted by Daniela who wants Cristela to move out and start living the life of a single girl, the life she deserves.

Jessie - "What a Steal" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jessie takes Ravi to a MENSA meeting to help him make friends; his new pals Madeline and Scott might be too good.

Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets Demolition" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Maya and Riley meet a salesgirl named Aubrey, who tricks them into using Topanga's credit card on an pricey purchase.

Dog with a Blog - "Stan Gets Married" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
To help fund Stan's nuptials, the family submits the wedding to the ``Wackie Jackie'' show, a program in which wealthy teen spends money to amuse herself.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "A Few Days" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Richard starts plotting his revenge on Keisha; Keisha starts working at C-sports.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 13) (All times ET unless noted)

Friday, April 17

  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Watch Alec on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jeremey Piven (Entourage/Ellen) - Jeremy appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat/Victorious) - Ariana is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Charlie appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Busy Phillips (Cougar Town) - Busy talks about why she posted a fake location on Twitter while vacationing with her best friend actress Michele Williams and shares the quirk her co-star Courtney Cox has in common with her famed Friends character Monica Gellar on The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 1am on BET.
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas (How to Make It in America/'Til Death/American Dad!) - Eddie is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. He will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa guest hosts a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback/Friends) - Lisa chats on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kate Flannery (The Office) - Kate talks about her new movie Tenure on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara is a guest on People Now.
  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin gives the scoop on Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. He will also be on The Real, so check your local listings. He is a guest on SI Now at 1pm.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:35am.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Partners/Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.