Wednesday, June 30, 2010

USA Network Buys Modern Family Repeats Starting Fall 2013, Oxygen Buys Glee Repeats; Futurama Returns Scores for Comedy Central

USA Network has reached an agreement with Twentieth Television, acquiring the exclusive syndication rights to the critically acclaimed ratings ABC comedy hit Modern Family. Under the agreement, USA Network will strip the series Monday through Sunday beginning Fall 2013. It is by far the most significant sitcom acquisition they have ever made. Modern Family is the hottest new sitcom that premiered during the 2009-2010 TV season and it's a perfect fit for USA Network. The terrific writing, incredible ensemble cast and the 'cool' cultural relevance align perfectly with USA Network's "Characters Welcome" brand.
Modern Family stars Ed O'Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, SofĂ­a Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex and Rico Rodriguez as Manny. The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are executive producers/creators.
Modern Family is the biggest sitcom acquisition by USA Network since Wings in 1995. Wings aired on USA Network from 1995-2002 to good numbers. It returned to early morning in June 2008 and is sill airing. Financially, Modern Family is their biggest sitcom acquisition ever. Some of the past sitcoms they have aired were all in the morning hours such as Coach, Becker, Perfect Strangers, Gimme a Break!, Webster, The Facts of Life, Major Dad, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Martin and Living Single. USA Network was also famous for airing short-lived sitcoms in the mornings in their USAM block, such as Hearts Afire, Veronica's Closet, Jesse, and Something So Right. They also had original comedies such as Weird Science and USA High in the '90s.
By Fall 2013, Modern Family will be entering its fifth season on ABC. Currently, USA Network has no other comedies to pair Modern Family with, so they will either buy another comedy or pair it with original programming.

Meanwhile, Oxygen Media and Twentieth Television have reached an exclusive agreement for the basic cable syndication rights to Twentieth Century Fox's critically-acclaimed television hit series Glee. The hour-long Glee will join the Oxygen line-up with a weekend marathon of the second season in January 2011. This will be followed by a companion unscripted reality competition series to discover the next Glee star scheduled to premiere in June 2011 to appear on the third season of the series in Fall 2011. Oxygen will retain exclusive basic cable rights to telecast all seasons throughout the Oxygen schedule beginning in Fall 2013.
Entering its second season this fall and renewed already for a third season on Fox, Glee is a biting musical comedy that has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon. This is by far the biggest acquisition for the 10-year-old network. Past acquisitions have mainly been sitcoms such as Roseanne, Living Single, Mad About You, Grace Under Fire, Ellen, Kate & Allie, and A Different World. Non-sitcoms included Xena, America's Next Top Model, and The Tyra Banks Show. As with most cable network, Oxygen is focused primarily on original programming.

The Emmy(R) Award-winning animated sci-fi comedy Futurama, resurrected by Comedy Central, made an out-of-this-world return and, with 2.92 million total viewers, became the highest-rated and most-watched season premiere for an animated series on cable with the exception of South Park.
Airing its first original episode in almost seven years, the sixth season premiere of Futurama titled "Rebirth" (Thursday, 10:00-10:30 p.m.) averaged a 2.0 HH rating, 1.9 Adults 18-49 rating, 4.5 Men 18-24 rating and 3.5 Men 18-34 rating, finishing the night as the most-watched and highest-rated show in all of television for Thursday Prime among M18-24 and M18-34, as well as the highest-rated show in all of television among Adults 18-49 (tie).
With 2.92 million total viewers tuning in to watch the next chapter in the lives of Leela, Fry and Bender, the premiere powered Comedy Central to its highest-rated and most-watched night of 2010 among total viewers (1.7 million total viewers) and A18-49 (1.1 rating) and the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday night in the network's history among M18-24 (2.4 rating) and M18-34 (1.9 rating).
The second of two all-new, back-to-back premiere episodes of Futurama (Thursday, 10:30 p.m.-10:59 p.m.), averaged a 2.1 HH rating, 1.7 A18-49 rating, 4.2 M18-24 rating, 3.2 M18-34 rating and 2.78 million total viewers to rank as the #2 program of the night in all of television among M18-34 and M18-24, and the #1 cable show in its timeslot with A18-49 (tie), M18-34 and M18-24.
Encore presentations of the season premiere of Futurama air Sunday at 12:00 a.m., Monday at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT). And the series airs new episodes Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.

Laugh On all summer long with Modern Family tonight at 9/8 on ABC:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ABC Family Picks-Up 12 More Episodes of Pretty Little Liars; TV Land Returns She's Got the Look on Aug. 25

As we first broke the news on Twitter, ABC Family has ordered 12 more episodes for new drama hit Pretty Little Liars, bringing the first season total to a full order of 22 episodes!
One of cable's biggest breakout hits of summer, Pretty Little Liars launched as ABC Family's No. 1 series debut ever in Adults 18-34 (837,000 viewers), Women 18-34 (657,000 viewers), Viewers 12-34 (1.7 million), Females 12-34 (1.5 million), Teens (904,000 viewers) and Female Teens (853,000). Pretty Little Liars posted its most-watched episode yet last week (June 22) in Total Viewers (2.7 million), and delivered series highs in key targets, including core 18-49, 18-34 and 12-34 demos. Three episodes in, Pretty Little Liars is already Tuesday's No. 1 TV program in Females Teens (803,000 viewers) and Tuesday's No. 1 cable program in Teens (883,000 viewers), Viewers 12-34 (1.7 million) and Females 12-34 (1.5 million). It is easily the top cable program in Tuesday's 8 o'clock hour among core 18-49, 18-34, 12-34 demos, Teens and Female Teens, besting runner-up USA by 43% in Adults 18-49 (1.2 million vs. 837,000 viewers) and by 90% in Adults 18-34 (843,000 vs. 444,000).
Based on the bestselling Harper Teen novels by Sara Shepard and produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, the scripted hour-long series stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Holly Marie Combs, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Bianca Lawson, Laura Leighton, Chad Lowe, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse.
The first 10 episodes will air through and including Tuesday, Aug. 10 when it will have its first half finale. The second half of season one (12 episodes) will air later this year. Starting Tuesday, Aug. 17, ABC Family will premiere original sitcom Melissa & Joey starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. Stay with us for news on the second half of the season of Pretty Little Liars.
If you haven't started watching the show yet, not to worry, ABC Family has just announced it will air a marathon of the first five episodes on Tuesday, July 13 from 3pm-8pm leading into the premiere of episode six at 8pm! It is quite an addicting series!

TV Land's competition reality series She's Got The Look has a whole new look when it returns for its third season on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10PM ET/PT as the series introduces a new host - Brooke Burke (Dancing with The Stars, Wild On); a new city - Los Angeles; a new judge - supermodel Roshumba Williams and ten new finalists all over the age of 35 competing for a second chance at their dreams. The TV Land PRIME original series is a collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and sets out to discover a beautiful, sophisticated and confident woman over the age of 35 who has the potential to transform herself into a model, representing some of the most high-profile brands and highly-coveted campaigns in the fashion and beauty industries. The winner of the series receives a contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and a photo spread in SELF Magazine. Also joining Roshumba Williams are returning judges, celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and Wilhelmina president Sean Patterson. Emmy(R) Award-Winner Allison Grodner (Big Brother) returns as executive producer and has joined forces with executive producer Rich Meehan (Big Brother) under their new banner, Fly On The Wall Entertainment. Rachel Tung is also executive producer. RoC(R) Skincare is the presenting sponsor of She's Got The Look.
She's Got the Look launches its third season a week after the season finale of TV Land original sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which wraps up its first season on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 10:00pm.
View more on She's Got the Look's new season and stay with us probably tomorrow for the full TV Land August 2010 schedule!

Laugh out loud with an all-new episode of ABC's Wipeout tonight at 8/7c on ABC.

Monday, June 28, 2010

TV Land Developing George Hamilton Series; Steve Harvey, A-Team Marathons on Centric

TV Land is developing a reality series starring George Hamilton. It is still in the development stage and still has a long way to go, if it is even picked-up. First, it has to be picked-up to pilot and then to series. The famously tanned actor is developing a docusoap for TV Land that could be described as a real-life Two and a Half Men, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
Bunim Murray will produce the show, which chronicles the lives of Hamilton and his 35 year-old son Ashley and younger son George Thomas, who is just 10. In the show's logline, Hamilton and Ashley are perpetual bachelors who have to grow up when 10-year-old George comes to L.A. to live with them.
Aside from numerous guest appearances, Hamilton's last regular series was the late 1990s NBC sitcom Jenny. He also had a recurring role on the 1980s classic ABC primetime soap Dynasty. He was also on season two of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and his son Ashley was also on the show last fall for season nine.
While we like George Hamilton, an original sitcom would have been better. TV Land is doing well with Hot in Cleveland and has another original sitcom coming in early 2011 called Retired at 35 starring George Segal. Anyway, stay with us if there is any developments with Hamilton;s docusoap.

Meanwhile, BET spin-off network Centric is having a marathon of sitcom The Steve Harvey Show today from 9am-3pm, so sorry for the late notice but we forgot to mention it on Friday. But we are telling you in plenty of time that Centric will have a weekend marathon of action series The A-Team this weekend (July 3-4). The marathon airs Saturday from 12pm-11pm and on Sunday from 9am-8pm for the 4th of July weekend. What better way to have fireworks than with B.A. Baracus!
The Steve Harvey Show airs regularly on Centric weekdays at 1pm & 1:30pm and The A-Team airs weekdays at 7am & 9pm.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Week 4 Sitcom Ratings; Coming Week Preview

Summer is in session and it's repeats galore mainly for sitcoms. We will be back with our normal weekly report with the first four nights numbers and analysis in the fall, but we still will have our regular how the sitcoms did all summer long, along with a coming week preview! Here are our summer ratings:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 3, week of June 14-20)
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Only 1.53 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating for the series finale. That is the lowest ratings for the show ever, I believe. Not a good way to go out.
  • Sons of Tucson (Fox) - Did even worse than the lead-in with 1.37 million and only a 0.6 18-49 rating for an all-new episode of this canceled series. It will be moving to 7pm starting tonight...how low will it go there?
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 3.22 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. Down from previous week...maybe the terrible 7pm hour was the reason.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 3.5 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating for a repeat, down from previous week but built from the lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 4.59 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Very good 18-49 rating for a repeat in the summer and the same as previous week despite 7-9pm being down.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - 3.84 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat, down some from previous week.

Summer Week 4 (June 21-27)

Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 4.77 million and a 1.6 18-49 rating for a repeat. Down some from previous week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 5.75 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating for a repeat airing. Built from the lead-in again and down a bit from previous week in viewers but up a tenth in 18-49.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 8.54 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating for a repeat, down from previous week and the lowest ratings it has done this summer.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.32 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating for a repeat. Built from the lead-in in 18-49 again, but down some from previous week again. As with the lead-in, lowest ratings it has done this summer. Still good, though.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • None.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - A Wednesday repeat did only 3.65 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A Wednesday repeat at 8:30pm did 3.95 million and 1.2 18-49 rating...about the same as previous week when it aired at 9:30.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - The 8pm repeat did 4.08 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, but the 8:30pm repeat built on that and did 4.13 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Both up from previous week, though.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 4.33 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating. On par with previous week.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A summer repeat did only 2.89 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Could be better given the lead-in. I guess extra exposure is all that is needed in summer.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat only did 2.2 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. Lower even than previous week. Yes, it is summer, but this is not good.
  • 100 Questions (NBC) - An all-new episode did 1.74 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. Ouch again. Down from previous week and series lows again. Yet NBC keeps it on the air?
  • The Office (NBC) 2 airings - The regular 9pm edition repeat did only 2.34 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, building from the lead-in. A 10pm repeat did 2.22 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. This show doesn't seem to repeat as well anymore...but on par from previous week at least.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) -Airing at 9:30pm, a repeat did just 1.99 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down from previous week.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A 10:30pm repeat didn't do well, doing only 1.98 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but oddly it was up from previous week. These NBC comedy numbers are terrible...repeat or not.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.

Tonight you can catch an all-new Sons of Tucson at 7pm on Fox followed by encores of Fox's animated comedies from 7:30-10 tonight. ABC airs repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Then it will be all-new episodes of summer dramas Scoundrels and The Gates. NBC will have a two-hour Dateline followed by NBC premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7pm followed by a repeat of I Get That a Lot and 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Coming Week Preview (June 28-July 3):

For Monday, on ABC, it's an all-new night with new episodes of The Bachelorette from 8-10pm and True Beauty at 10pm. NBC will have a new two-hour Last Comic Standing from 9-11pm, with a new episode of drama Persons Unknown now at 8pm instead of 10pm. On Fox, they have a new episode of Lie to Me at 8pm followed by an all-new The Good Guys at 9pm. CBS and The CW are in repeats with their regular line-ups.

On Tuesday, ABC will have all-new episode of the hilarious Wipeout, then an all-new episode of the high stakes game show Downfall and an all-new addicting Primetime: Mind Games episode. NBC has a new Losing it with Jillian and America's Got Talent in the 9pm hour. Fox has an all-new two-hour Hell's Kitchen starting at 8pm. And once again CBS and The CW are in repeats.

On Wednesday, Fox has a two-hour So You Think You Can Dance. NBC has new America's Got Talent at 9pm followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ABC has repeats of the comedies and Castle Wednesday at 10pm, its new summer home. CBS will have repeats of How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement followed by regular repeats, same goes true for The CW. TV Land will have the third episode of Hot in Cleveland at 10pm.

On Thursday, ABC will have a special new Wipeout followed by episode two of the surprisingly good Rookie Blue and then docudrama Boston Med. NBC will have another episode of low-rated sitcom 100 Questions at 8:30pm mixed in with repeats of their comedies. Fox will have a new So You Think You Can Dance at 9pm, but one-hour only. And once again CBS and The CW are in repeats.

On Friday, ABC has a special called America Celebrates July 4th at Fords Theatre hosted by Modern Family's Ty Burrell at 9pm, followed by 20/20 at 10. NBC has a new Friday Night Lights and Dateline. CBS has a new Flashpoint episode at 9pm followed by a burn-off episode of canceled Miami Medical at 10pm. Fox and The CW are in repeats.

On Saturday, its slow as usual with mostly repeats and burn-offs. CBS has a burn-off episode of Three Rivers at 8pm followed by the movie Die Another Day starting at 9pm. Fox will have its usual crime reality with Cops and AMW. ABC will air the last two episodes of canceled drama the forgotten from 9-11pm. NBC is in repeats.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Digital Digest: Entourage - The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review

Welcome to another edition of Digital Digest! Our normal Digital Digest blogger (skees53) will be gone and missed for the next few months, if you didn't know yet. We have the latest news, upcoming releases for Tuesday, and our Blu-ray review of HBO's Entourage - The Complete Sixth Season. There's quite a bit of news to report this week, so open up a cold beverage and enjoy this edition. Boy the way, Glenn Miller played. There's your hint.


DIGITAL NEWS

On Thursday we told you Shout! Factory has licensed the DVD rights for All in the Family from Sony Pictures. This means the last two seasons will FINALLY be released at last! We have now have an official release date as well for the seventh season! Shout! Factory has set a October 5 release date. The three-disc DVD ($29.93 MSRP) is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Package art is also available but no info on if there are special features yet. Hopefully Shout! acquires more titles from Sony that seem to have been abandonned like The Jeffersons, Archie Bunker's Place, Diff'rent Strokes, Maude, and so many more. Warner Home Video has changed the date for The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Third Season to Sept. 14. It will be released on both DVD ($ MSRP)and Blu-ray ($ MSRP). Package art is not availble yet. Pre-order today!

Drama wise, we got dates for rookies NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife. CBS Paramount has announced a Sept. 14 release date for The Good Wife and an Aug. 31 release date for NCIS: Los Angeles. The Good Wife - The First Season is priced at $62.99 MSRP, while NCIS: Los Angeles - The First Season is also priced at $62.99 MSRP. Package art is available! CBS DVD has also announced Criminal Minds - Season 5 for Sept. 7 with an MSRP of $62.99 also.

To take advantage of Simon Baker on the hit series The Mentalist, CBS DVD will release the second season of Baker's previous show, The Guardian. Warner Home Video is releasing The Mentalist on Sept. 21, as we already know, but now CBS DVD will release The Guardian - The Second Season on Sept. 7. MSRP is slated for $49.98. The first season was released last fall.

Meanwhile, Warner Home Video will delay He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown by two weeks and will now release it on Sept. 21. The DVD will retail at $19.98 MSRP. Pre-order today!

For more information on titles that we won't cover with full or blog DVD reviews, you can head on over to the news section of TVShowsOnDVD.com for all of the latest details.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

Tuesday (June 29) will only have a couple of sitcoms in store. Shout! Factory will release the complete series of Leave it to Beaver! Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series is out on June 29 with every single season of the Cleaver clan. Look for our review soon, as we still need the complete set but we have the bonus features disc and it is outstanding. Also out on Tuesday is Shout! Factory's Mad About You with The Complete Fourth Season. We have reviewed it already. Read our review for more details. And there is a season four DVD of The Real McCoys coming from Infinity Entertainment.


BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

It's time for a special Blu-ray review of Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season! This is our second Blu-ray review ever, so it is pretty special. For Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle, life in Hollywood's fast lanecan be an intoxicating roller-coaster of a ride. After hitting some speed bumps the last couple of years, Vince's career is in high gear after his role in a new Martin Scorsese film. But now that Vince is back on top, is it finally time for the entourage to step out of his shadow? See our review of this Blu-ray release below!

Blu-ray Review: Entourage - The Complete Sixth Season
by Seth

Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season (HBO, $49.98 Blu-ray/$39.98 DVD) is now on Blu-ray and DVD! This review will focus on the Blu-ray edition. As I'm in a household that doesn't subscribe to any of the so-called "premium" channels at the present moment, this Blu-ray set marks my first exposure to the series (and our normal Entourage reviewer, skees53, is unavailable at the moment).

If you're like me and either new to the show through exposure by this review -- essentially the show is a comedic drama focused around Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) and the various people involved with his career -- his entourage. The series follows the lives of the whole group, usually as first triggered by events in the career of Vince. If any long-term fans feel I've missed the point, I apologize, but I'm brand new to this series and so the intricacies of the plot are something I haven't had the opportunity to experience in full.

By this sixth season, Vince's career is back on the upswing, leading to quite a few interesting events in the lives of those around him. I'm not going to spoil anything -- many of you already know full well what occurs over the course of the season, while new fans who may be checking this out for the first time? Well, I don't want to ruin your surprise. Many shows have difficulty captivating new viewers by their sixth season, but this show does a surprisingly good job of hooking me in despite my previous unawareness of the series.

A show focused on celebrity is going to feature people in guest starring capacities that's quite authentic. For example, Jay Leno appears in the season premiere when Vince goes on the pre-Conan Tonight Show to promote his new project. The season's second episode features actress Jami Gertz, recognizable to sitcom fan from her work on shows like Still Standing, Square Pegs, and even The Facts of Life. The third episode features an appearance by rapper 50 Cent. David Schwimmer, still beloved from his tenure on Friends, appears in the season's fourth episode. Elsewhere this season you'll find appearances by: Mark Wahlberg, Bob Saget, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Jeffrey Tambor, NBA players LeBron James and Steve Nash, Zac Efron, Malcolm McDowell, ex-Superman Dean Cain, Married... with Children-alum David Faustino, Matt Damon, and U2 front-man Bono. That's really just a sample -- if you pay close attention you're sure to notice even more guest spots. In a series driven by celebrity, there's going to be more cameos, guest star spots, and the occasional "I need work" bits than you'd find in 120 episodes of a normal series.

Now, you may be asking yourself, "Self - all that's nice, but is everything intact in the set?" To that enriching little piece of internal dialog, I can only say "I don't know." Remember when I said I've NEVER seen this show prior to this review? I don't have the FIRST clue what's supposed to be here. I did take a look at the runtimes: While they're wickedly all over the place, given the network it airs on and the relative creative freedom it allows its programs, I wouldn't be surprised if these ARE the proper runtimes. Nonetheless, for your convenience:

Disc 1:
Drive: 27:18
Amongst Friends: 26:25
One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car: 25:03
Runnin' on E: 29:14

Disc 2:
Fore: 22:31
Murphy's Lie: 28:09
No More Drama: 25:12
The Sorkin Notes: 244:37

Disc 3:
Security Briefs: 24:07
Berried Alive: 27:44
Scared Straight: 28:41
Give a Little Bit: 37:48

Despite dealing with the newest and, let's face it, greatest technology available in Blu-ray Disc, the packaging itself is actually a bit of a throwback nowadays. Aside from the shorter box height (to achieve consistency with normal Blu-ray packaging), the Blu-ray set is otherwise a plain, ordinary Digipak. It seems like it's been forever since I've seen one of these. I missed you, old friend. Artwork is extremely well done, with the primary cast seated at a table all enjoying some fine drinks. One thing I've always despised is cover art where the cast was spliced together with individual photos, so to see cover art where they were clearly in the same place at the same time is quite nice.

I've never used the forthcoming adjective before, so first a set-up. The only other Blu-ray I've watched start to finish is the film Independence Day. As my Blu-ray player is first and foremost for me a video game console that tends to be what it's primarily used for. So to see a TELEVISION series on Blu-ray for the first time: The video is nearly pants-wettingly good. The location and exterior shoots look absolutely stunning, and even the indoor stuff appears quite good. Audio is also quite nice. One of the neat things about Blu-ray I'm still adjusting to? The ability to pop-up a mini menu at any time during an episode without having to actually exit the episode itself. Audio is available in English and French DTS 5.1, while Spanish is a slightly more limited 2-channel track. Subtitles, available either through your subtitles button or through any of the menus (including the pop-up one) include: French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, and English SDH. Video is available in full 1080p for those whose sets and players support it, otherwise it'll down-convert to whatever resolution your screen best supports. Chapter stops are available at the conclusion of each act.

Then you have the bonus features. Not only is there a full feature detailing the full production process for the sixth season called "Life at the Top," but you also get to watch the cast race a bunch of Ferraris (woo!), get to listen to three commentary tracks (keep an ear out for Bob Saget...), plus a set of fake outtakes for a PSA for ONEXONE, all of which play a role in the season's final episode.

This is the first TV show on Blu-ray I've gotten to review, and, quite simply, I'm blown away. The video and audio are absolutely mind-blowing, and the technological advances over a standard definition DVD are simply staggering. There's plenty enough special features to be of interest, however, the set doesn't come close to overkill in that regard. Overkill IS something nice to have in the Features department, so that might well be one area to consider improvement. Otherwise, this set is visually stunning and really makes me A.) look forward to more TV on Blu-ray, and B.) look forward to the seventh season premiere - airing on HBO tomorrow, Sunday June 27. For those of you questioning the merit of this set? STRONGLY recommended. It's 12 episodes of quality entertainment and the price isn't significantly more than what you'd pay for a single movie with a fourth of the content.

(4.5/5 stars)

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LOOKING AHEAD

Come on back right here next week for more news and reviews. You'll have to come on back next week to see what the review here will be! And don't forget to read our full DVD reviews, as we will put up reviews for American Dad! and Family Guy. Until next time, keep it digital pardner! Yeeha!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hot in Cleveland Drops in Ratings, But Still Dominant for TV Land; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 28, 2010)

TV Land's original sitcom Hot in Cleveland continued big ratings for the cable network for episode two this week, despite a drop from the premiere's ratings. The second episode did a 2.3/4 HH rating/share and 3.37 million total viewers for the premiere of episode two on Wednesday (June 23) at 10pm. It was #1 in Primetime for all of Cable with Adults 25-54 with a 1.6 rating and 1.6 million A25-54 viewers. It was also #1 in Primetime for all of Cable with Women 25-54 with a 2.0 rating and 1.1 million W25-54 viewers. The episode was in the top 5 in Primetime for all of Cable with Adults 18-49 with a 0.9 rating and 1.2 million A18-49 viewers. TV Land's Hot in Cleveland only trailed USA Network's primetime line-up on cable of two NCIS repeats and an all-new In Plain Sight (all three hours on USA did a 2.5 HH rating, compared to Hot's 2.3).
While the second episode cooled considerably from last Wednesday's premiere: -28% in households (3.2/6 to 2.3/4), -29% in viewers (4.75 million to 3.37 million), -19% in adults 25-54 (1.6/5 to 1.3/4) and -25% in adults 18-49 (1.2/4 to 0.9/3), it was considerably higher than anything TV Land has ever done. These ratings are live plus same day DVR and do not count any DVR ratings after 3am that night nor does it count any encore airings (there were two encores on the same night at 10:30pm and 1am).

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of June 28-July 2, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, June 28, 2010

  • Jeremy Piven (Entourage) - Jeremy stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at 12:06am.
  • Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell) - This is a repeat, but catch Mario on The Wendy Williams Show again on BET at 12am or your local station.
  • Christine Lakin (Step by Step) - Christine is the sidekick on Craig Kilborn's new talk show The Kilborn File launching on a few Fox stations today.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Catch Kevin promoting his new movie on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:06am on ABC.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest co-host on ABC's The View at 11am ET/10am CT/PT.
  • Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - The legendary Carl Reiner visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC from May.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

  • Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie) - Peter visits Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:06am on ABC to promote his movie.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Office) - Mindy appears on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - The TV legend appears on NBC's Today show sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - This is a repeat from May, but catch Jerry on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35am.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You) - This is a repeat, but catch Ty again on The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Sherri/Less than Perfect) - This is a repeat, but catch Sherri again on The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your listings.
Thursday, July 1, 2010

  • Alicia Witt (Cybill) - Alicia drops by the Late Late Show with Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Molly Shannon (Kath & Kim/SNL) - This is a repeat, but catch Molly again on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) - Yvette is a guest co-host on ABC's The View at 11am ET/10am CT/PT.
  • Zach Braff ([scrubs]) - Funny man Zach Braff appears on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for channel and time.
Friday, July 2, 2010

  • None

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

All in the Family Continuing on DVD; Summer Network Notes

Yesterday it was announced that All in the Family will FINALLY continue on DVD sometime later this year! Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first six seasons on DVD but haven't release anything since Feb. 2007, well over 3 years ago. We did a story on unfinished DVDs a few weeks ago, now we get word that Shout! Factory has struck a deal with Sony Pictures to release the last two seasons on DVD. Let's hope they also continue with follow-up series Archie Bunker's Place as well.
This news was reported on Stu's Show interview on Shokus Internet Radio, where the cast of Leave it to Beaver (to promote their complete series DVD out next week) and Shout! Factory producer Brian Ward were on hand and Brian announced to host Stuart Shostak that Shout! Factory has acquired the DVD rights to All in the Family! Boy the way Glenn Miller played, indeed! Stay with us for more news on DVDs this Saturday on our weekly Digital Digest feature!

Moving on to some summer network notes, ABC will finally air the season finale of addicting entrepreneur series Shark Tank on Thursday, July 15 at 8pm. The episode was slated to air in February, but was preempted due to the Haiti Earthquake relief special. Then starting July 22, you can catch repeats of Shark Tank all-summer long on Thursdays at 8pm. Could this be a sign that ABC might order a second season for sometime next season? It looks good to me for those sharks! We will certainly let you know.
Meanwhile, the last 2 episodes of struggling drama happy town will air online soon. It will not air on television. The series was pulled from the schedule last week and Castle repeats on Wednesdays is starting two weeks earlier than planned (now June 30 instead of July 14). Still no word on if and when ABC will air the remaining episodes of sitcoms Better Off Ted, Hank, and Romantically Challenged along with drama The Deep End. Perhaps a few of those will air and maybe the rest online? We'll let you know.
Moving on to NBC, effective Monday (June 28), struggling summer drama Persons Unknown will air now at 8pm instead of 10pm. As a result, NBC will now expand Last Comic Standing to two-hours to 9-11pm. As of now, this change is for the next two weeks only, but if it does even slightly better than the line-up now, I'm sure NBC will keep this line-up for the rest of both of the series' run. Last Comic Standing is only doing modestly in the ratings.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nick at Nite July 2010 Has Summer Marathons; Hot in Cleveland Gains 1 More Million Viewers with DVR

This summer on Nick at Nite has the return of summer marathons! Starting Monday, July 5, 2010, the summer sitcom marathons return with marathons airing Mon-Sat from 11pm-6am! You'll see The Nanny on Monday nights, Family Matters on Tuesday nights, George Lopez on Wednesday nights, more The Nanny on Thursday nights, Everybody Hates Chris on Friday nights, and either Malcolm in the Middle or more George Lopez on alternating Saturday nights!
Primetime will remain the same from 8-11pm with an hour each of Family Matters, Everybody Hates Chris and George Lopez. And new episodes of Nick at Nite's original comedy Glenn Martin, D.D.S. will air Fridays at 10:30pm. The Sunday schedule will remain the regular schedule from 9pm-6am with hour each of Chris, George, Malcolm, then two-hours of The Nanny, an hour each of Chris and Family Matters, and then two-hours of The Cosby Show (this is the only slot for the Huxtables on Nick at Nite now).
View the full Nick at Nite July 2010 schedule and highlights! It's so nice to see the marathons back this summer!

TV Land's sizzling, critically-acclaimed first original sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which last Wednesday became the most-watched cable sitcom premiere ever with nearly 6 million total viewers, returns for its second episode tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
According to The Nielsen Company, with the inclusion of 3-day DVR playback plus Live viewing (Wed-Fri), Hot in Cleveland starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White averaged 5.8 million total viewers for the premiere episode last week which also posted a 2.5 rating among the network's target Adults 25-54 audience. Among Women 25-54, Hot in Cleveland scored a 3.1.
These numbers are higher than the Live plus same day viewing of 4.75 million total viewers and a 1.9 A25-54 rating.
In tonight's episode, "Who's Your Mamma?," Joy (Jane Leeves) tries to take advantage of her newfound appeal in Cleveland by dating a much younger man, but her new relationship ends up exposing an old secret. Meanwhile, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) encourages Elka (Betty White) to date again by helping her decide between a bevy of men. Victoria (Wendie Malick) gets hooked on Big N Easy, where she goes for the savings and stays for so much more.
Watch tonight at 10 p.m. only on TV Land!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TV Land July 2010 Highlights; Hot in Cleveland Goes Global

This July on TV Land, it is pretty quiet and consistent, for now (you never know with last minute changes). July 2010 will continue to see all-new episodes of the smash original sitcom Hot in Cleveland on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. There are no regular schedule changes, so it will be the same schedule that started June 14, except off-the-clock programming stops in the mornings starting June 28, which means All in the Family airs twice in the 9am hour. However off-the-clock timings will occur around 6pm and 1am on most nights (meaning we only get one episode each of All in the Family and The Cosby Show in those hours). As mentioned, Good Times' contract has expired and it left the schedule when the changes happened on June 14.
TV Land Monday movies for the month are Stand By Me, The Firm, Naked Gun, Turner & Hooch, Never Been Kissed, and Beverly Hills Cop III.
That is about it, it is all about Hot in Cleveland right now on TV Land. If you missed any episodes, on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 2:30pm-5pm, you can catch the first five episodes of the sitcom (prior to the 6th episode on July 21) and again every night at 1am from Monday, July 19-Friday, July 23, 2010. 10 total episodes will air this season, so it will go into August. And speaking of August, stay with us next week for that schedule, which will include the addition of The Nanny to the line-up.
View the FULL TV Land July 2010 schedule and highlights.

Endemol, a world leader in entertainment programming, today announced it has acquired distribution rights outside of the U.S. to Hot in Cleveland, the highly anticipated new original half hour sitcom produced by MTV Networks Entertainment Group for TV Land.
Hot in Cleveland's premiere episode was the highest rated and most watched show the entire day on American cable achieving an audience of nearly 5 million viewers.
The deal was brokered by Endemol Group's Executive Vice President Acquisitions, North America, Philippe Maigret and MTV Networks Entertainment Group's Senior Vice President, Content, Eddie Dalva. Endemol Worldwide Distribution will launch the series at MIPCOM 2010.
The series airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on TV Land in the United States and sitcom veterans Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and living legend Betty White.

Monday, June 21, 2010

ION Television July 2010, Without a Trace Joins, Additional Hour Added; WPIX Sitcom Changes

As we exclusively reported that Without a Trace would start airing regularly Tuesday, July 6 on ION Television (after a marathon on July 5), now we have the full ION July 2010 schedule and highlights for you! Without a Trace will air weekdays at 7pm & 8pm, with additional airings Wednesdays at 9 and Fridays 9pm-12am. The crime drama stars Anthony LaPaglia, Enrique Murciano, Eric Close, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Poppy Montgomery.
Before Trace starts, on Monday, June 28, ION Television will add an extra hour each weekday! Weekdays at 3pm is not paid programming anymore, as ION will program that hour on weekdays now (weekends already had that hour). With the additional hour, Family Feud's 4pm-6pm block moves up to 3-5pm and Ghost Whisperer will now air 5pm-7pm. After the addition of Without a Trace, the series will only air in that block now and no additional airings.
On weekends, M*A*S*H remains airing as filler on Saturday afternoons but now Sundays 3pm-5pm will be a regular because My Name is Earl is moving to Sundays in the 5pm hour, as it loses its 11pm hour slot.
Movies for the month of July are The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Men of Honor, The Clearing, The Pledge, Joe Dirt, First Blood, Disclosure, and The Outlaw Josey Wales. Movies air each weekend in primetime with additional airings weekend late afternoons.
View the FULL ION Television July 2010 schedule and highlights.

As we first reported last Wednesday on our message board, WPIX in New York is eliminating their 6:30pm newscast starting Monday, June 28. As a result, Inside Edition will move from 6pm to the early bird hour of 4am. WPIX will add a Friends hour from 6-7pm and a third airing will also be added airing at 11:30pm. Friends was airing weekdays at 11:30pm & 12am previously. Airing in the 12am hour now will family comedies According to Jim and George Lopez, which move up from 12:30am and 2:30am respectively. Frasier also gets an upgrade, going from 4am to 2:30am.
On weekends, WPIX News at 6:30pm will also be removed, replaced by Inside Edition Weekend on Saturdays and Two and a Half Men on Sundays.
View the full changes for WPIX in New York and of course stay with us later this summer for the fall schedule!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Week 3 Sitcom Ratings; Coming Week Preview

Summer is in session and it's repeats galore mainly for sitcoms. We will be back with our normal weekly report with the first four nights numbers and analysis in the fall, but we still will have our regular how the sitcoms did all summer long, along with a coming week preview! Here are our summer ratings:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of June 7-June 13)
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Only 2.07 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating for an all-new episode...series finale tonight.
  • Sons of Tucson (Fox) - Did even worse than the lead-in with 1.94 million and only a 0.8 18-49 rating for an all-new episode of this canceled series.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 4.00 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Up from last week. Decent.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 3.82 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat, nice holds from the lead-in.
  • Family Guy (Fox) - A repeat did 4.49 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Very good 18-49 rating for a repeat in the summer.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - 3.96 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat, much better retention than it normally does when it is all-new.

Summer Week 3 (June 14-20)

Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 5.37 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat. Up a bit from last week.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 5.94 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat airing. Built from the lead-in again and up a bit from previous week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 9.21 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating for a repeat is excellent for a repeat...but down from previous week.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.88 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating for a repeat. Built from the lead-in in 18-49 again, but down some from previous week.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • None.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A repeat aired after a TV's Greatest Surprises special and did 4.3 million and 1.2 18-49 rating.
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 airings - The 8pm repeat did 3.47 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, but the 8:30pm repeat built on that and did 3.83 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Both down from last week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 4.37 million and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Both down from last week but nice 18-49 rating for a summer repeat, especially for a live action comedy.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A summer repeat did 3.20 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Could be better given the lead-in.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat only did 2.45 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating. Lower even than previous week.
  • 100 Questions (NBC) - The third episode did 1.97 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating. Ouch again. Down from previous week and series lows.
  • The Office (NBC) 2 airings - The regular 9pm edition repeat did only 2.47 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, building from the lead-in. A 10pm repeat did 2.05 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. This show doesn't seem to repeat as well anymore.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) -Airing at 9:30pm, a repeat did 2.34 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, holding steady from its lead-in but down from last week.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A 10:30pm repeat didn't do well, doing only 1.85 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating. Still better than 100 Questions.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.

Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.

Tonight you can catch the series finale of 'Til Death and a Father's Day themed episode Sons of Tucson at 7pm on Fox followed by encores of Fox's animated comedies from 8-10 tonight. ABC airs repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Then it will be the series premieres of Scoundrels and The Gates. NBC will have a couple of repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7pm followed by repeats of I Get That a Lot and Cold Case (2 episodes).

Coming Week Preview (June 21-27):

For Monday, on ABC, it's an all-new night with new episodes of The Bachelorette from 8-10pm and True Beauty at 10pm. NBC will have a new Last Comic Standing at 9pm followed by a new episode of drama Persons Unknown at 10pm. On Fox, they have a new episode of Lie to Me at 8pm followed by episode four of The Good Guys at 9pm. CBS and The CW are in repeats with their regular line-ups.

On Tuesday, ABC will have the season premiere of the hilarious Wipeout, the debut of the game show Downfall and a Primetime: Mind Games special. NBC has a new Losing it with Jillian and America's Got Talent in the 9pm hour. Fox has an all-new two-hour Hell's Kitchen starting at 8pm. And once again CBS and The CW are in repeats.

On Wednesday, Fox has a two-hour So You Think You Can Dance. NBC has new America's Got Talent at 8pm-10pm followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ABC will have new Jimmy Kimmel Live special titled Twilight Saga: Total Eclipse of the Heart with actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Bryce Howard and Xavier Samuel at 10pm, following repeats of the comedies. CBS will have repeats of How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement plus the usual Criminal Minds and CSI: NY. TV Land will have the second episode of Hot in Cleveland at 10pm.

On Thursday, ABC will have a new Wipeout followed by the series premieres of Rookie Blue and Boston Med. NBC will have another episode of low-rated sitcom 100 Questions at 8:30pm mixed in with repeats of their comedies. Fox will have a new So You Think You Can Dance at 9pm, so one-hour only. And once again CBS and The CW are in repeats.

On Friday, ABC has a new Wife Swap and a 2-hour 20/20 starting at 9. NBC has a new Friday Night Lights and Dateline. CBS has a new Flashpoint episode at 9pm followed by a burn-off episode of canceled Miami Medical at 10pm. Fox and The CW are in repeats.

On Saturday, its slow as usual with mostly repeats but baseball in primetime. CBS has a burn-off episode of Three Rivers at 8pm and 2 hours of 48 Hours Mystery starting at 9pm. Fox will have the New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers in primetime starting at 7pm. ABC will have repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos, Castle and a repeat of the series premiere of Rookie Blue. NBC will have a repeat of America's Got Talent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. On Sunday, CBS will have The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Digital Digest: Hoarders - The Complete Season One DVD Review

Welcome to another edition of Digital Digest! Our normal Digital Digest blogger (skees53) will be gone and missed for the next few months. Pavan is away on a trip. I (Todd) got the call from the bullpen and will be doing the entire Digest this week! We have the latest news, upcoming releases for Tuesday, and our review of A&E's compelling Hoarders - The Complete Season One. There's quite a bit of news to report this week, so open up a cold beverage and enjoy this edition.

DIGITAL NEWS

We have some additional updates on some recently announced sitcoms and details on newly announced titles this week. ABC's Modern Family - The Complete First Season now has an official date of September 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment according to the June 16 issue of USA Today. The four-disc DVD ($49.98 MSRP) and three-disc Blu-ray set ($59.99 MSRP) are now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. This was the best new sitcom of last season. We highly recommend it! Spike TV's racy Blue Mountain State - Season 1 ($29.95 CDN MSRP) will be released in Canada on September 28. No release date for the US has been announced yet, but you can read more about this release here.

Less Than Perfect - Season One has been moved up to a September 7 release. Package art, cost and more are available here. Lionsgate will be re-releasing Seasons 1-3 ($19.95 MSRP) of Boy Meets World on September 7. That's good news for people who haven't already bought them, but fans are still eagerly waiting for season four. Family Guy - Barely Legal will be released from Fox Home Entertainment in September. Amazon.com now has a pre-order listing for Parks and Recreation - Season Two ($39.98 MSRP). No release date has been announced yet. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 5 will be released on DVD ($39.98 MSRP) and Blu-ray ($49.99 MSRP). You can view the special features and artwork here.

The Middle - The Complete First Season ($44.98 MSRP) from Warner Home Video was already announced for a August 31 release date. A listing of the extras and the early box art are now available here. Warner Home Video will be releasing Two and a Half Men - The Complete Seventh Season ($44.98 MSRP) on September 21. Special features and package art for the 3-disc set are available here and here.

Moving on to some other TV series and specials, we have a few updates. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Remastered Edition ($24.98 MSRP) and Deluxe Holiday Edition: 3 Mastered Classics ($42.93 MSRP) will be released on October 5 on Blu-ray. thirtysomething - The Complete Fourth and Final Season ($59.97 MSRP) will be available as an Amazon.com exclusive in the US and nationwide in Canada, but will hit stores nationwide nationwide before the end of the year. Finalized artwork for Parenthood - Season 1 ($39.98 MSRP) is available here. You can pre-order it from Amazon.com.

For more information on titles that we won't cover with full or blog DVD reviews, you can head on over to the news section of TVShowsOnDVD.com for all of the latest details.

UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

Tuesday (June 22) will only have a couple of sitcoms in store. HBO Home Video will release Entourage - The Complete Sixth Season on DVD and Blu-ray. Look for our review of the Blu-ray set by Seth next Saturday on the blog. Small Wonder - The Complete Second Season will be available as a Shout! Select title on Shout! Factory's website. The fantastic, made-of-plastic hit show of the 80’s is back!! Pavan will have our review of the set once we receive it.

DVD Review: Hoarders - The Complete Series One
by Todd

Hoarders - The Complete Season One

Hoarders - The Complete Series One (A&E Home Video, $19.95)

Take a fascinating look inside the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.

Whether they're facing eviction, the loss of their children, jail time, or divorce, these hoarders are desperately in need of help. In each 60-minute episode of Hoarders, A&E follows two people struggling to overcome their compulsive behavior while experts work to put them on the road to recovery. For some, throwing away even the tiniest possession--a sponge, a button, an empty box--is so painful that they won't be able to complete the cleaning process...no matter the consequences. For others, professional help and an organizer's guidance give them the strength to recover. At the end of each episode find out who has been able to keep their hoarding behavior at bay and who, despite help, is still lost inside the painful disease.

Hoarders premiered on August 17, 2009. It debuted as the most-watched series premiere in A&E network history among adults aged 18–49 and tied for the most ever in the adults aged 25–54 demographic. The premiere was watched by 2.5 million viewers (1.8 million adults aged 18–49). A total of 7 episodes were produced for the first season. The 15-episode second season recently concluded on May 31, 2010.

This 2-disc set comes in an Amaray movie-style case. The cover features the show logo and many stacks of newspapers. A synopsis of the show and the DVD specs are listed on the back of the case. The discs have the show logo and newspapers and list the people profiled in each episode. Four episodes are on Disc One. Three episodes are on Disc Two. There is just blank black space inside the case. It would have been nice if they included episode summaries, production notes or photos.

A montage of video clips from the show and some instrumental music plays when you first insert a disc. This leads to the static main menu where they display the title logo and piles of newspapers. Each episode is listed on the main menu. When you select an episode, it takes you to a sub-menu where you can play individual scenes. Strangely, there is no Play All button to play all of the episodes together. As you would expect, the video and audio quality is outstanding. The episodes are in widescreen 1.33:1 format. This is a slickly produced show with nice camera work, editing and music. Closed captioning is available for all of the episodes. The total running time is approximately 5 hours, 29 minutes.

The episodes appear in a slightly different order than A&E originally broadcast them, but that's not really a big deal. Here are the 7 episodes included:

Disc One:

Jennifer & Ron / Jill (44:42) - Jennifer is a young stay at home mom. Both she and her husband Ron, suffer from hoarding and their three kids are growing up with piles of junk, food, and clothing everywhere. They have been cited by the city on numerous occasions. Jennifer lives every day in fear of child protective services coming and taking her kids away and must now try to get the house in order before it's too late. Jill's home is a nightmare. Food in various stages of decay is stuffed among her two freezers and four refrigerators--one of which is held shut by duct tape and a box of dented canned goods. She recently lost her job and knows that if her landlord were to pay a visit she would get evicted immediately.

Linda / Steven (44:48) - Linda's compulsive shopping not only depleted her family's finances but filled every room in their home with piles of bags and boxes. Her husband left her three years ago when he could no longer cope with her hoarding. They are now in the final stages of divorce and Linda must clean out and sell the family home as part of the settlement. Tensions run high as she struggles to let go of her things. Steven is at risk of eviction from his government subsidized housing. His apartment is filled with garbage, human feces, bottles and cans. It's so unpleasant that even he spends his days elsewhere. Steven must clean up or be evicted from his home and end up back on the streets.

Tara / Betty (44:43) - Tara has been reported to her landlord and needs to clean out now or she'll be homeless. She's an obsessive collector, favoring things like McDonald's Happy Meal toys, nativity scenes, snow globes and hundreds of teddy bears. Now Tara must finally get control of her hoarding and part with most of the clutter in her home or face eviction. When fire crews responded to a small fire at Betty's house they discovered her sick husband living in filth. Adult Protective Services removed him from the home because of his medical condition. For the last two months he and Betty have been staying in a hotel--but funds are quickly running out. If Betty doesn't clean up her home and her yard, he may never be able to live in the home again.

Jake / Shirley (44:41) - While most 21 olds see a world of possibility in front of them, Jake wakes up every morning despondent at the state of his life--a prisoner to his hoarding and OCD. Jake compulsively hoards garbage. Snack wrappers, empty bottles, and rotting food are strewn in every room of the two bedroom town home he shares with his alcoholic father. Jake fears that if things don't change soon he may take his own life. Shirley has always been the kind of person who could never turn away a stray cat. But eventually she lost track of just how many cats she had. When her situation caught the attention of the local authorities, they discovered that every room of her home is cluttered and cat feces and urine soak the carpets and furniture. Now Shirley must cooperate and allow authorities to remove over 75 living and dead cats from her home or face criminal prosecution for animal cruelty.

Disc Two:

Kerrylea / Lauren (44:48) - Kerrylea and her husband Geoffrey are facing imminent foreclosure on two houses. After her hoarding filled the first home she convinced her husband that the only way to solve her lifelong problem was to buy an additional home, move just what they needed, and sell the original home. But with neither home sold, Kerrylea is now forced to part with her lifetime of clutter or risk losing everything. Lauren is a 27-year-old hoarder whose relationship with her boyfriend, Will, has hit rock bottom. Her hoarding has taken over their entire town home and Will has been forced to sleep a mattress in the living room. If Lauren can't begin to deal with her hoarding and clean up her life, her relationship will be over.

Patty / Bill (44:41) - Patty and David appear to be living the American dream. But their secret hides behind the manicured yard of their new home. Patty's hoarding has taken over the entire house and their children were removed by authorities. Now, if the family is to have any hope of ever getting their children back, Patty must overcome her compulsive shopping and hoarding and clean out her entire home. For 25 years Lorelei coped with her partner Bill's hoarding. But last year she tripped on a pile of his things, fell down the stairs and broke her arm. Bill didn't seem to care. His clutter has taken over their home, which is filled with junk and nearly uninhabitable. She has given Bill an ultimatum, clean up or move out.

Paul / Missy & Alex (44:45) - Paul was charged with criminal littering in 2008 and has failed to meet three court ordered deadlines to clean his yard. His 2 acre property is strewn with over 70 junk cars, thousands of pounds of scrap metal, and hundreds of old appliances. In January, a judge sentenced him to 5 days in jail and gave him a few months to clean his property, or face a fine and additional jail time. Just days before the deadline Paul must make a decision; allow the tow trucks and metal collectors to descend on his property and clear out his collection, or go to jail. Missy is a hoarder with a 7 year old son, Alex, who has begun to exhibit hoarding tendencies. On several occasions when she has tried to clean, her son has cried hysterically over things like a rusty chain and an old used cotton ball. Unless she can set an example, Alex will continue to follow her behavior and may never have a shot at a normal life. Now Missy must clean up her house in order to save her son.

Additional footage is available as a bonus feature on Disc Two. These are basically just deleted scenes and total 21 minutes, 13 seconds. Most of them were probably cut due to time constraints. Here are the details:

Jennifer & Ron / Jill (2:58)
Linda / Steven (3:38)
Tara / Betty (3:03)
Jake / Shirley (3:40)
Kerrylea / Lauren (2:56)
Patty / Bill (2:56)
Paul / Missy & Alex (2:36)

Final comments: I instantly became hooked when I watched the first episode last summer. I can definitely relate as a bit of a hoarder myself. According to information provided on the show, there are some 3 million compulsive hoarders in the US. It's hard for me to get rid of magazines, newspapers and other "stuff". I always think that I will have a use for it later. Other members of my family are compulsive shoppers and have difficulty of getting rid of anything. It seems to be hereditary in some cases.

This is a pretty nice set and introduction to the show. Some of the cases profiled like Jill (the food hoarder) and Shirley (the cat hoarder) are quite extreme and a bit disturbing to watch. All kinds of hoarders are featured here, including compulsive shoppers and collectors. The one case that made me scratch the head was on Steven. He just came across as lazy and needed a kick in the butt to get his act together. The professional organizers and therapists offer some good tips and advice in every episode. I think this show will lead a lot of people to try to get more organized and get rid of items they no longer use. There was an update on Jill, Jake, Betty, Bill and Paul at the end of the second season in May, but unfortunately it aired after this DVD was released. Some had made some significant progress, while others had gone back to their old habits. You can check this episode out on iTunes or wait for it to repeat. The show airs on Monday nights at 10pm ET/PT on A&E. Amazon.com also has a pre-order listing forHoarders - Season 2: Part 1. It will be released on September 28 and will contain 7 episodes.

-- Reviewed by Todd
(4/5 stars)

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LOOKING AHEAD

There will be the highly anticipated release of Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series on June 29. We hope to review it soon. The special features look outstanding. Mad About You finally returns to DVD with The Complete Fourth Season. Read our review for more details. Until next time, keep it digital!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hot in Cleveland Sets TV Land Ratings Record; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 21, 2010)

The premiere of TV Land’s first original sitcom Hot in Cleveland was the highest rated and most watched show on cable Wednesday among Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54, Women 18-49, Women 25-54 and Total Viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. The Wednesday, June 16th telecast at 10 p.m. garnered a 1.9 rating and 2.0 million viewers among the network’s target Adults 25-54 audience. It attracted nearly 5 million total viewers for this telecast. Among Adults 18-49, TV Land posted 1.5/1.6 million. The series premiere marked the highest rated and most watched telecast ever in network history.

Immediately following the premiere, the 10:30 p.m. ET/PT encore presentation of Hot in Cleveland garnered a 1.1 rating and 1.2 million viewers among A25-54 and 2.4 million total viewers. Among Women 25-54, Hot in Cleveland posted a 1.4/727,000.

TVLand.com also experienced record-breaking traffic, attracting 287,000 unique visitors, making it the most-visited day in site history. There were 117,000 visitors alone to the Hot in Cleveland show pages, in addition to thousands of fans interacting with the show on Facebook.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, Hot in Cleveland is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (Frasier, Ellen) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer.

Hot in Cleveland revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (Betty White).

What did you think of the pilot? Will you continue watching on Wednesdays? Discuss the show on message board.

It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars (but we won't cover movie stars like Tom Hanks or John Travolta, since they won't be talking about their past sitcoms likely), so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of June 21-25, 2010, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, June 21, 2010

  • Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) - Jason stops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am.
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly/Drake & Josh) - Miranda visits NBC's Today between 7-11am and later Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/Just Shoot Me/8 Simple Rules) - David will have been on every talk show the last few weeks it seems. He drops by NBC's Today between 7-11am.
  • Cody Linley (Hannah Montana) - The Hannah Montana and Dancing with the Stars alum appears on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/One Day at a Time) - Catch Valerie from the TV Land smash-hit Hot in Cleveland on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (Cedric Presents) - Cedric visits Lopez Tonight at 11:00pm (and repeats at 2:00am) on TBS.
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet) - Kirstie appears on a repeat of The Ellen Degeneres Show from April, so check your local listings for channel and time.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

  • Jeremy Piven (Entourage) - Jeremy visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - The legendary Bill Cosby appears on Lopez Tonight at 11:00pm (and repeats at 2:00am) on TBS.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/Just Shoot Me/8 Simple Rules) - David drops by NBC's Today again between 7-11am with the cast of Grown Ups and later by himself on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT/PT!
  • Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly/Drake & Josh) - Miranda continues to make the rounds on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin drops by the Late Show with David Letterman to discuss his latest movie - Grown Ups.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - Lisa continues to make the rounds on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS at 12:35am.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/Just Shoot Me/8 Simple Rules) - David visits NBC's Late Show with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35am.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine) - Funny woman Wanda Sykes appears on a repeat of The Ellen Degeneres Show from April, so check your local listings for channel and time.
  • Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch - Susan visits her TV mom on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 2pm.

Friday, June 25, 2010

  • Tim Meadows (The Bill Engvall Show) - Tim will be on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS at 12:35am. Is there anybody who isn't in Grown Ups?
  • Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) - Jason drops by The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV at 2pm.


Leave it to Beaver cast members Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver), Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell), Frank Bank (Lumpy Rutherford) and Shout! Factory DVD Producer Brian Ward will be on Stu's Show on Shokus Internet Radio on Wednesday, June 23 from 7-9pm ET/4-6pm PT to share their memories of the show and discuss the upcoming June 29 DVD release of Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series.

Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Friday feature! We do listen!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

No Better off Ted Tonight, But ABC Is Burning Off Episodes of Canceled Series; GMC Spends Father's Day with Cosby

The NBA's Los Angeles Lakers forced a game 7 for the NBA Finals on Tuesday, so that means the final two episodes of Better Off Ted won't air tonight (Thursday). ABC planned to air the final two episodes of the canceled sitcom if the final game of the NBA Finals wasn't necessary, but it is now. No word yet on when Better Off Ted will be rescheduled, but I think they will reschedule. They are even airing the final two episodes of canceled crime drama the forgotten on Saturday, July 3 from 9-11pm ET/PT, so I think Better Off Ted will be rescheduled as well. ABC has just announced it will air the final two episodes of Eastwick on Saturday, July 10 from 9-11pm ET/PT as well. ABC still has a few other canceled series with remaining episodes including sitcoms Hank (5 episodes) and Romantically Challenged (2 episodes). Hopefully they get to air as well, especially the latter. ABC also has an episode each of drama The Deep End and reality series Find My Family on the shelf. ABC also has one episode of Shark Tank left, but that series still has a shot in returning. Stay with us if any or all of these get scheduled.
Obviously ABC would MUCH rather have a deciding NBA Finals game tonight rather than two burn-off episodes of Better Off Ted and four repeats of Cougar Town. The NBA Finals had 3 games that were only needed if necessary, and all three did end up being necessary. If this past Sunday's game was not necessary two repeats each of AFV and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition would have aired from 7-11pm. And if Tuesday's game was not necessary, two repeats of Wipeout and a repeat of Primetime: What Would You Do? would have aired instead.
In other ABC summer schedule updates, Primetime: What Would You Do? returns to ABC Fridays on July 9 at 9pm ET/PT and Castle repeats will move to Wednesdays at 10pm ET starting July 14.
Enjoy the game tonight and I bet we will see Better Off Ted rescheduled, so not to worry!

Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will celebrate Father's Day this coming Sunday (June 20) with a marathon of the 1996-2000 CBS sitcom Cosby. You can of course catch the 1996-2000 sitcom every weeknight at 11pm & 11:30pm (since February), but this marathon will air from 11am-9pm ET on Father's Day. Classic episodes will air including the first episode, where Hilton Lucas (Bill Cosby) wakes up from a nightmare about losing his job only to be reminded by his wife Ruth Lucas (Phylicia Rashad) that he did indeed lose it. His desire to stay busy gets in the way when he starts fixing things that aren't broken. The marathon will be followed by the gmc network premiere of the 2000 movie Pay It Forward starring Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, and Kevin Spacey at 9pm ET (and a Cosby episode at 11:30pm ET). And if that's not all, you can enter a contest for your chance to win a GMC sweatshirt autographed by Bill Cosby himself! Enter the contest and watch clips from Cosby. How cool! View episode info for the Cosby Father's Fay marathon.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hallmark Channel Acquires Partridge Family Starting Saturday, June 19; Hot in Cleveland Premieres Tonight on TV Land, Guest Stars For 1st Season

C'mon get happy because The Hallmark Channel is adding another sitcom! A little over a month after Hallmark added Who's the Boss? (May 17), now they are adding the '70s family sitcom The Partridge Family starting THIS Saturday, in a last minute move. Beginning Saturday, June 19, 2010, wake up and hop on the bus with The Partridge Family from 6am-9am on Saturday mornings. The sitcom will be replacing From Martha's Kitchen effective immediately. And if that's not enough Shirley Jones and family for you, The Partridge Family will also air Sunday mornings starting this coming Sunday (June 20) also from 6am-9am, replacing an episode of Little House on the Prairie and a morning movie. This classic sitcom aired on ABC from 1970-74 and lasted 96 episodes.
Unfortunately, The Partridge Family is not going to air on the weekday line-up, but something is better than nothing. We still get 6 hours a week (12 episodes) with the weekend play. The series is complete on DVD, but it hasn't been nationally on television since it aired on i TV (now known as ION Television) in Fall 2006.
Partridge Family comes from Sony Pictures Television, the same as their previous sitcom addition, Who's the Boss?, so maybe a deal with Sony was made? Just speculating. Since TV Land lost rights to The Brady Bunch, it would be nice if Hallmark picked that up and paired it with Partridge. But with all the Martha Stewart programming coming (weekdays 10am-6pm) to Hallmark Channel in September, we wonder what will happen to the current sitcoms (The Golden Girls, Who's the Boss?, I Love Lucy, M*A*S*H, and now Partridge Family)? We'll let you know as soon as we know, but I think they will remain, but will obviously have to move some timeslots. Stay with us for further updates and we're happy that Hallmark is airing sitcoms!
UPDATE 6:30PM ET: We got an email from The Hallmark Channel and Darren Melameth, VP of Scheduling says: "As long as there is viewer demand for The Partridge Family, Who's the Boss, M*A*S*H, Cheers, I Love Lucy, and The Golden Girls, we will continue to have a place on the network for these enduring sitcoms for years to come." Sounds good to me! Stay with us for more.

TV Land launches the much hyped and anticipated sitcom Hot in Cleveland tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, with an immediate encore at 10:30 p.m. and again later at 1:00 a.m. So, you have three chances tonight. Hot In Cleveland revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) - who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with a very feisty caretaker (Betty White).
On the premiere episode airing tonight, three best friends from Los Angeles (hopeless romantic MELANIE, cynical businesswoman JOY, and aging actress VICTORIA) are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don't apply anymore and thrilled with the new possibilities available to them, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they're still considered hot...
And in addition to the star-studded ensemble cast of its first original sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, there will be plenty of special guest stars in the 10-episode season including Wayne Knight (Seinfeld/3rd Rock from the Sun), Shirley Knight (As Good As It Gets), Huey Lewis (Just Shoot Me!), Hal Linden (Barney Miller), Susan Lucci (All My Children), Juliet Mills (Nanny and the Professor), Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) and Amy Yasbeck (Wings).
Will the premiere be the highest rated airing EVER on TV Land? The buzz is certainly there and Betty White has shown her magic in recent months in the Nielsens. Tune in and sample it at least because it looks good and it could beat the networks in the 10 p.m. half-hour tonight.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ION Television Acquires Without a Trace Starting July 5; Obama Primetime Address Tonight; Robert Reed's Gravesite Up for Auction

With a focus on further building upon a primetime line-up that continues to show significant ratings growth, ION Television has acquired all seven seasons (160 episodes) of the hit crime drama Without a Trace, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, via a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Without a Trace aired on the CBS Television Network until 2009.
Without a Trace will premiere on ION Television on Monday, July 5, 2010 and will run as a marathon from 3pm to midnight, ET. The crime drama's regular timeslot will be Monday through Friday, at 7 pm and 8 pm, ET. It will begin airing in its regular timeslot a day after the marathon on Tuesday, July 6. The series joins such favorites as Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and NCIS on the network.
Set in New York City, Without a Trace, follows a special FBI task force known as the Missing Persons Squad, dedicated to finding missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques. They peel back layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in an effort to discover whether they've been abducted, are missing by choice, were murdered, have committed suicide or are, very simply, accident victims. Using the vast resources of the bureau, the team, led by Agent Jack Malone (series star Anthony LaPaglia), races against time in the tight 72-hour window after a disappearance while hope for a recovery is still typically possible. The stories also focus on the personal lives of the team members, and illustrate how their different experiences give them insight--and sometimes emotional reactions--to certain cases.
Stay with us for the FULL ION Television July 2010 line-up in the coming days.

President Obama will be speaking live to the nation tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT for about 15 minutes about the BP Oil spill disaster. So what does this mean for primetime programming tonight? Mountain and Pacific time zones will have the scheduled primetime programs on their regular times so nothing to worry about for you, but Eastern and Central time zones will see a delay. For CBS, the repeat line-up of NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Good Wife will be each delayed by approx. 15 min and will run in their entirety. View the time zone schedule for tonight for CBS.
For Fox, they have an all-new two-hour Hell's Kitchen, it also will be delayed by approx. 15 min. for Eastern/Central time zones viewers, but it will run in its entirety following the address. View the time zone schedule tonight for Fox.
ABC will air a shortened Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night at approx. 8:15pm ET/7:15pm CT, but the NBA pregame show GMC Sierra NBA Countdown will start at 8:35pm ET instead. So, yes, ABC's coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals will NOT be affected and will tip-off on time at approx 9:05pm ET/6:05pm PT. View the time zone schedule for ABC and all of the scenarios that could happen.
NBC will just join Losing it With Jillian in progress at approx 8:15pm ET/7:15pm CT, so they don't delay America's Got Talent in the East/Central.

The Estate of Robert Reed (Mike Brady from The Brady Bunch) is planning on relocating his remains and wish to sell the plot in which Robert Reed is currently buried (Row #6 Plot #21) at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL.
The actor passed away in 1992 at the age of only 59 from colon cancer. The auction to buy his gravesite ends on Friday (June 18). View the auction.

For all of us at SitcomsOnline News, good night!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, August 20

The Middle - "Stormy Moon" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Frankie is gobsmacked when she is handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police station. But when she discovers that her arrest was over an unreturned library book, she sets her sights on the only person she suspects to be the real guilty party - Brick. Meanwhile, Sue doesn't know how to express her feelings of disdain to Reverend TimTom over his new partner and girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”), and Axl and Cassidy reunite during Spring Break but find themselves mostly kissing and not talking to one another.

The Goldbergs - "The Age of Darkness" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Despite her best efforts, Beverly is crushed when she cannot console Erica when her boyfriend, Drew Kremp, dumps her. So Murray steps in to help his daughter. Meanwhile, Barry is obsessed with a new arcade game and continually asks Pops for money to play. When he takes the situation to a desperate level involving Adam, an intervention is planned.

Modern Family - "The Help" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Gloria hires a too-good-to-be-true male nanny (guest star Adam DeVine), Jay and Manny are pretty much dead set against it. Frank (guest star Fred Willard) is in town and feeling a bit lonely recently, so Phil and Jay take him out to help get his groove back. And, Mitch and Cam commission Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane) to plan their dream wedding, but Pepper might be dreaming a little too big.

Modern Family - "And One to Grow On" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Phil tricks Luke into taking a dance class, but the jokes on him when the white lie indirectly lands him in the slammer. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria are throwing birthday parties for both Manny and Joe and are concerned Manny might be going for girls out of his league, and Mitch and Cam get a rude awakening in the cutthroat world of booking a wedding venue.

Young & Hungry - "Young & Getting Played" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Gabi tries to repair the relationship between Yolanda's son and his former girlfriend.

Mystery Girls - "Death Rose" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Holly's willingness to help a friend brings nothing but trouble.

Hot in Cleveland - "Mystery Date: Oscar Edition" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
When Victoria has to choose between Melanie and Joy for her plus one to the Oscars, they compete with each other to show who's the better friend.

Love Thy Neighbor - "Make Love to Me" (OWN, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Linda goes back to Philip and indulges in a spontaneous night of passion.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 18) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, August 20

  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Watch Kathy on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker) - Ted is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jaime King (The Class/Gary Unmarried) - Jaime visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin talks about Rio 2 on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher dishes with Rach on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Doris talks about her film The Little Rascals Save the Day on a repeat of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kim Coles (Living Single) - Kim is a guest on a repeat of The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Joel McHale (Community) - Joel interviews Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.