Monday, November 22, 2010

Fox Mid-Season 2011 Schedule; ReelzChannel's Ally McBeal-athon on Thanksgiving

Late on Friday, Fox announced its revised mid-season 2011 schedule. As always, Fox releases their first draft of the mid-season schedule during upfronts every May, but almost always the schedule changes when a revised version is announced in November. And that is the case here, too. We hinted earlier in the day on Friday on Twitter that American Idol would be moving to Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm, and it became official.
American Idol moves to Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning with a two-night premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT and Thursday, Jan. 20 in the 8:00 PM ET/PT hour. American Idol welcomes new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who join judge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest, and an all-new crop of hopefuls from auditions held in Austin, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco and East Rutherford, NJ. Idol Wednesday will regularly air Wednesdays in the 8:00 PM hour, before expanding to two-hours episodes beginning Feb. 16 and then later will be reduced to 90-minutes from 8:00-9:30 PM starting April 6. Idol Thursday will air in the 8:00 PM hour every week.
The mid-season schedule starts Tuesday, Jan. 4 with more Million Dollar Money Drop as it will challenge more duos to keep their $1 million with all-new episodes airing for four weeks on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT starting Jan. 4, plus two bonus Thursday at 8:00 PM ET/PT episodes on Jan. 6 and 13. Then after a run of six all-new episodes in a row this fall, Human Target springs into action with special two-hour episodes airing Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 12 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. The action-packed drama charges into its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 9:00 PM ET/PT following American Idol for three weeks to finish up its season of 13 episodes.
Bob's Burgers, the new animated comedy about a man, his family and their burger joint, opens Sunday, Jan. 9 at 8:30 PM ET/PT. In the newest addition to the Sunday "Animation Domination" lineup, Bib (H. Jon Benjamin) and his quirky family have big ideas about burgers, but fall short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and a dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make Bob's "grand re-re-re-opening" a success. As a result of this addition, The Cleveland Show will be moving starting Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9:30 PM ET/PT, with American Dad! moving to a new time a week later Sunday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 PM ET/PT. The Simpsons and Family Guy remain in their 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM half-hours.
Lie to Me reveals a special two-hour episode Monday, Jan. 10 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT with Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) continuing his search for the truth in its regular time period Mondays at 9:00 PM ET/PT until Jan. 31 following new episodes of House. As previously announced, The Chicago Code, the new police drama from creator Shawn Ryan (The Shield), will make its anticipated debut the night after Super Bowl XLV, Monday, Feb. 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, following all-new episodes of House.
The thrill continues when Bones moves to a new time period on Thursdays ow at 9:00 PM ET/PT after American Idol starting Jan. 20. As a result, fan-favorite Fringe will travel to a new night with all-new episodes beginning Friday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Also on Fridays, Kitchen Nightmares serves up a new season Friday, Jan. 21 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Each week, Chef Gordon Ramsay will try to help turn around some of the country's most unsanitary and unsuccessful restaurants on the verge of closing their doors forever.
Fox Tuesday line-up will return in February, as Glee continues with encores until all-new episodes begin in February with a special installment airing immediately following Super Bowl XLV Sunday, Feb. 6 (approximately 10:30-11:30 PM ET/7:30-8:30 PM PT). Then beginning Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, Glee leads a night of all-new episodes of Fox comedies, including the return of Raising Hope at 9:00 PM ET/PT and the premiere of new comedy Mixed Signals at 9:30 PM ET/PT. Mixed Signals is the new relationship comedy created by Bob Fisher that reveals how friendships and romances both enhance and complicate the lives of the men and women in them. The new ensemble comedy stars David Denman (The Office), Nelson Franklin (I Love You, Man), Kris Marshall (Human Target), Liza Lapira (Dexter) and Aya Cash (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
Additionally, Fox has picked up the comedy Breaking In (working title), an offbeat half-hour workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme - and often questionable - measures to sell their protection services. Created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon, the series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for a manipulative mastermind. Starring Christian Slater (the forgotten), Bret Harrison (Reaper) and Odette Yustman (October Road), the new comedy premieres Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 PM ET/PT following 90-minute American Idol episodes from 8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT.
View the FULL Fox mid-season 2011 press release and also view our day-by-day schedule for Fox winter/mid-season.

You take care of the turkey, ReelzChannel will handle the TV. On Thanksgiving Day, ReelzChannel is airing the first 12 episodes of Ally McBeal in the first ever "McBeal-athon" - 12 hours of America's favorite quirky, self-questioning lawyer played by Calista Flockhart. The Ally McBeal-athon starts at 8am ET through 8pm ET on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2010 only on ReelzChannel!
The Ally McBeal-athon begins with the pilot episode where we meet Ally, a new law school graduate who is caught off guard when she accepts a job at a law firm only to learn that her childhood sweetheart and first love works there too. From there, we follow Ally and her colleagues Georgia Thomas (Courtney Thorne-Smith), Billy Thomas (Gil Bellows), Richard Fish (Greg Germann), Renee Raddick (Lisa Nicole Carson), John Cage (Peter MacNicol), Elaine Vassal (Jane Krakowski) and Vonda Shepard among others as they argue tough cases, explore office romance, confront the separation of church and state and hallucinate about dancing babies. The series doesn't stop there as ReelzChannel continues to air Ally McBeal every weekday at 3pm ET/12pm PT and 4pm ET/1pm PT.
And for all those die-hard Calista Flockhart fans, stay tuned to ReelzChannel after the Ally McBeal-athon for Brothers & Sisters at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT and watch as Flockhart's character, Kitty Walker, makes her debut appearance in the very first episode "Patriarchy." Kitty returns home from California after having been estranged from her mother for three years while contemplating a job offer and a marriage proposal. Brothers & Sisters airs every weekday at 2pm ET/11am PT and 10pm ET/7pm PT


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First 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)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, February 22

The Goldbergs - "So Swayze It's Crazy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Adam sees his friend on television, he asks Beverly for her help to become an actor, so Beverly enlists his friend’s mom Edie, who is a kid talent agent in town. Unfortunately, Edie insists Adam can only get “nerd” roles, so Beverly goes on a quest to make Adam a teenage heartthrob. Meanwhile, Barry decides to embrace the punk lifestyle, and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica’s life, but it backfires.

Speechless - "O-S-- OSCAR P-A-- PARTY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When the Dimeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect.  Meanwhile, Jimmy encourages the fathers at the party to let loose while Ray tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he is not.

Modern Family - "Heavy Is the Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay’s property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.

black-ish - "One Angry Man" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre is forced to participate in jury duty after Junior responds to the summons that was thrown away. The case is supposed to be open and shut, but when Dre sees that the defendant is a young African American, he feels a civic responsibility to give him a fair trial. Meanwhile, Bow decides to let the kids swear in the house since they are more open with her that way, but she and Ruby soon regret the decision.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Tends Bar" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It's Valentine's Day and Paddy's is packed with customers. Dennis implores the gang to do one day of actual work but everyone else is distracted by a mystery crate Cricket spotted in the alley. Eventually, the gang becomes convinced Dennis really wants them to work on their relationships and everyone shares their grievances without much resolution.

Man Seeking Woman - "Dolphin" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
When her mom becomes obsessed with Josh's wedding, Liz seeks out her estranged father (Peter Gallagher).

Schitt's Creek - "General Store" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
David comes up with a new business venture; Alexis adjusts to her first day of school.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Wednesday, February 22

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and George Clooney (The Facts of Life/Roseanne) - Tom and George are guests on a repeat of the 2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat) - Ariana drops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith) - Kelly is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly)- Billy appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also talks about Ultimate Beastmaster on NBC's Today in the 9am hour and on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Matt Shively (The Real O'Neals/True Jackson, VP) - Matt is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Justin Bartha (The New Normal) - Justin joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth/The Cleveland Show) - Will talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. He will also be on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette dishes about the new season of SuperMansion on Crackle on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Longoria (Telenovela) - Eva chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Mark Consuelos (Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.