Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New York City Locals Fall 2010 Schedules; New Dancing with the Stars Cast Features Sitcom Stars

It's that time of year again...fall 2010 schedules for New York City stations! I have for you the full schedules for WNYW, WWOR and WPIX. Unfortunately, I couldn't obtain the schedules for WABC, WCBS, and WNBC at press time, but they rarely make changes and we have info on new shows coming to those stations still. Independent WLNY's schedule also is not known at this time.
We'll start with WNYW's (Fox5) Fall 2010 schedule. New series this fall are Swift Justice with Nancy Grace airing back-to-back at 2pm & 2:30pm starting Sept. 13 and True Hollywood Story will air Sunday nights at 1am starting Sept. 26. Everything else is will not be new, but we do have some time changes. Judge Jeannine Pirro moves from weekdays at 2pm to 12 noon, replacing the second run of TMZ and a third run of Judge Alex. Also, leaving the line-up totally will be Saved by the Bell (Saturdays 7am) starting Sept. 25 and American Idol Rewind (Saturday & Sunday nights at 1am) starting Sept. 26. Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition will replace Saved by the Bell on Saturdays at 7am. American Latino and Latination will air Saturday nights in the 1am hour coming from sister network WWOR.
Sister network WWOR (My9) will be making more changes than WNYW in Fall 2010. New series this fall are Don't Forget the Lyrics weekdays at 2pm & 2:30pm starting Sept. 20, Meet the Browns weekdays at 4:30pm & Sundays at 6:30pm starting Sept. 20, How I Met Your Mother Mon-Sat at 7pm & 7:30pm starting Sept. 13, The Closer Sundays at 8pm & 9pm starting Sept. 19, The Unit Sunday nights at 11pm & 12am starting Sept. 26, and Mystery Hunters E/I Wednesdays at 7am starting Sept. 29. Joining the schedule from WPIX will be South Park airing weeknights at 12:35am starting Sept. 13. Among the series leaving are Half & Half, Bernie Mac, Malcolm in the Middle, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, and Jack Hanna: Into the Wild. All of those series are leaving broadcast syndication. Current series moving to new timeslots are America's Funniest Home Videos to weekdays at 7:30am starting Sept. 20, That '70s Show weekdays at 8:30am starting Sept. 7, Divorce Court and Judge Alex will swap the 11am & 12pm hours starting Sept. 13, The Wendy Williams Show will move to weekdays at 5pm starting Sept. 13, as My Wife & Kids moves to 3pm and Everybody Hates Chris moves to 3:30pm. House of Payne moves to the 4pm hour starting Sept. 20 and the late airing moves to 11:35pm starting Sept. 13. The King of Queens moves to 6:30pm & 10pm starting Sept. 13 sharing the hour with Everybody Loves Raymond. In late nights, My Name is Earl will air at 12:05am starting week of Sept. 13, while Law & Order: SVU moves to 1:05am. As for weekends, House will now air Saturdays at 8pm & 9pm starting Sept. 18 and Bones will air on weekends at 10pm.
Moving on to WPIX's (CW11) Fall 210 schedule. New series this fall are Judge Karen's Court weekdays at 2pm & 2:30pm, The New Adventures of Old Christine weekdays at 5pm & 5:30pm and Sundays at 7pm & 7:30pm starting Sept. 13, Curb Your Enthusiasm weeknights at 11:30pm & Sundays at 12am starting Sept. 13, Entourage Sun-Fri nights at 12:30am starting Sept. 13 American Dad!Saturday nights at 9pm & 9:30pm and 12am & 12:30am starting Sept. 25, Stargate Universe Saturday nights at 1am starting Sept. 18, and Ugly Betty Sundays at 8pm & 9pm starting Sept. 19. Weekly E/I programs have M@dAbout and Young Icons airing Saturdays in the 12pm hour and Career Day Sundays at 12:30pm joining Eco Company. CW Daytime is now only one hour at 4pm with the Best of Tyra Banks. Among the series leaving are Street Court, Legend of the Seeker, Chappelle's Show, Brian McKnight Show, Reno 911 and The Hills. Current series moving to new times are Inside Edition to weekdays at 3pm, Friends' third airing moves to 12am, According to Jim moves to 1:30am, and George Lopez moves to 2:30am. Frasier moves to weekend late night/mornings airing early Saturday mornings from 4:30am-5:30am and early Sunday mornings from 4am-5:30am. Classic TV wise, The Honeymooners remain late nights on Sunday nights, while The Odd Couple will lead into Frasier on late Friday night/early Saturday morning at 4am. The Jeffersons airs as filler from time to time. Star Trek: The Next Generation remains weeknights at 3am. And WPIX News at 6 returns to weekends only, airing at 6pm leading into Friends.
Elsewhere, WABC (ABC7) will air Brothers and Sisters on late Saturday nights after the news at about 12:05am due to college football. LOST will have its final airing on October 3 and Grey's Anatomy remains on WABC Sunday nights at 11:35am & 12:35am. For WCBS (CBS2), Criminal Minds and NUMB3RS will replace CSI: NY and CSI: Miami on weekends after the news. And WNBC (NBC4) will make the most drastic changes of the big three stations, with Martha Stewart Show moving to Hallmark, they will air the new series Access Hollywood Live at 11am starting Sept. 13. With The Bonnie Hunt Show canceled, they will now air Real Housewives at 2pm leading into The Nate Berkus Show at 3pm replacing Deal Or No Deal. As we mentioned, we don't have any details on WLNY-55. They will lose LOST on October 4, though, as it leaves local syndication after two seasons. The series finale will air the weekend of Oct. 3-4 on all stations airing the program.
View the FULL Fall 2010 schedules for WNYW, WWOR, and WPIX in New York City! And view the full list of new series coming to local syndication. Stay tuned for updates, if any. From New York, goodnight!

The Dancing with the Stars Season 11 cast was officially revealed last night in primetime and it will actually feature many stars who have starred or are starring on sitcoms. Among the stars who have been on sitcoms include: Brandy (Moesha/Thea), Margaret Cho (All American Girl), Rick Fox (The Game), Jennifer Grey (It's Like You Know...), Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) and Kyle Massey (Cory in the House). Stars like Rick Fox and Jennifer Grey aren't known as sitcom stars, though as Rick Fox was an NBA player and Grey is a movie star. Here is the full cast:
Michael Bolton (singer), Brandy (singer/actress), Margaret Cho (comedienne/actress), Rick Fox (former NBA player/actor), Jennifer Grey (actress), David Hasselhoff (actor/singer), Florence Henderson (actress/talk show host), Kyle Massey (Disney star), Bristol Palin (daughter of Sarah Palin), Audrina Patridge (reality TV star), Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino (reality TV star), and Kurt Warner (NFL quarterback).
All 12 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on Monday, September 20 from 8:00-10:01 p.m. ET/PT, with couples either performing the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the next night on Tuesday, September 21 from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET in an expanded edition of the Dancing with the Stars the Results Show. Music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry are slated to perform. The Results Show will move to its regular time of 9:00-10:00 p.m. the following week (September 28). Other key dates:
Dancing with the Stars: 200th Episode Celebration - Monday, Nov. 1 & Tuesday, Nov. 2 (Times are TBD)
Dancing with the Stars: The Finals - Monday, Nov. 22 (Time is TBD)
Dancing with the Stars: The Grand Finale - Tuesday, Nov. 23 (Time is TBD)
Read more about the stars for season 11.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hallmark Channel Fall 2010 Schedule; 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

We finally can reveal the Hallmark Channel Fall 2010 schedule! We all know The Martha Stewart Show and other Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia programming is coming starting Sept. 13, but not to fret, all of your favorite enduring Hallmark comedies will remain! Before the fall schedule starts, there will be a three-day sitcom marathon for Labor Day weekend! On Saturday, Sept. 4, Hallmark Channel presents a full-day marathon of a show where everybody knows their name...Cheers! The marathon will run from 6am-4am. Then on Sunday, Sept. 5, Hallmark does the same for the Tony Danza sitcom Who's the Boss? And on Labor Day itself, Hallmark Channel will give us a full-day event for I Love Lucy from 6am-4am.
Moving on to the fall schedule, Hallmark Channel will try and find the best possible sitcoms in and out of the Martha Stewart block starting Sept. 13, so be patient as they try. As of now the schedule will start with two-hours of The Golden Girls weekdays from 8am-10am. The Martha Stewart Show is next at 10am, followed by Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer at 11am. At 12pm, the half-hour series Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn airs followed by the half-hour Everyday Food. From 1pm-4pm, it will be a block of more Martha series with From Martha's Kitchen airing back-to-back in the 1pm hour, followed by half-hours of From Martha's Garden and From Martha's Home. Two more episodes of From Martha's Kitchen will air in the 3pm hour leading into two encores of The Martha Stewart Show at 4pm & 5pm. Leading out of the block, will be Who's the Boss from 6pm-8pm, so that remains the same as when it started on Aug. 23. In primetime, Touched by an Angel and the Hallmark movie will remain from 8-11pm. And in the late night comedy block, The Golden Girls airs 11pm-1am and Cheers from 1am-4am.
On weekends, as of now the schedule will remain the same with I Love Lucy sandwiched with the movie with Lucy generally airing 6am-9am and 1am-4am (at times it is expanded depending on the movies). And finally in primetime on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 9pm, the all-new special Martha Stewart Presents: The Women Who Dress America will premiere (it will encore the next day at 1pm).
Now remember Hallmark is trying to see what works best in and out of this new block, so please be patient as they are committed to airing the classic enduring series that we all know and love. Stay with us for any schedule changes, as always. As of now, Little House on the Prairie will be just resting and The Partridge Family and M*A*S*H will continue to rest as it has been.
View and discuss Hallmark Channel's Fall 2010 schedule and as I mentioned stay with us for any further changes. Stay tuned tomorrow for our annual look at the New York City local fall

The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were last night. Here are the winners:

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Glee (Fox)
WINNER: Modern Family.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
Matthew Morrison, Glee (Fox)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
WINNER: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Lea Michelle, Glee (Fox)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
WINNER: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
WINNER: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Kristin Wiig, SNL (NBC)
Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
WINNER: Jane Lynch, Glee.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Lost (ABC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
True Blood (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
WINNER: Mad Men.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Matthew Fox, Lost (ABC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
January Jones, Mad Men (AMC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
WINNER: Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Martin Short, Damages (FX)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
Terry O'Quinn, Lost (ABC)
Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
WINNER: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice (USA Network)
Ross Byrne, Damages (FX)
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
WINNER: Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife.

View the full list of winners and discuss who you think got snubbed!.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Our 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Picks

We will preempt the summer ratings to give our picks for the Emmy Awards tonight. The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are TONIGHT so we will give our annual picks on who we think might win. Stay tuned for the winners list, but for now here are our picks:

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Glee (Fox)
OUR PICK: Modern Family. It is clearly the best comedy and should win. Glee is not a half-hour comedy.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
Matthew Morrison, Glee (Fox)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
OUR PICK: Tony Shalhoub, Monk. Knowing the Emmys, they will give Shalhoub one last win. I would want Parsons to win.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Lea Michelle, Glee (Fox)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
OUR PICK: Toni Collette, United States of Tara. The Emmys love cable, so I am giving Collette another win.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
OUR PICK: Ty Burrell, Modern Family. Someone from Modern Family will win and I feel it will be Ty.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Kristin Wiig, SNL (NBC)
Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
OUR PICK: Jane Lynch, Glee. I would love it if Bowen or Vergara wins, but I doubt it.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Lost (ABC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
True Blood (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
OUR PICK: LOST. It better win!

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Matthew Fox, Lost (ABC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
OUR PICK: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad. Matthew Fox would be great, but again cable usually rules.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (NBC)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
January Jones, Mad Men (AMC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
OUR PICK: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife. I don't think there is a doubt here.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Martin Short, Damages (FX)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
Terry O'Quinn, Lost (ABC)
Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
OUR PICK: Terry O'Quinn, LOST. O'Quinn rocked as the man in black this season and he will win it.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice (USA Network)
Ross Byrne, Damages (FX)
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
OUR PICK: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men. This is tough. It is anyone's win here.

View the full list of nominations. The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs LIVE tonight (Sunday, August 29) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC. Come on back for the winners!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Digital Digest: Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fourth Season DVD Review (8/31)

Welcome to another edition of Digital Digest! Our normal Digital Digest blogger (skees53) as you know is off for the summer and is missed. As always, we have the latest news, upcoming releases for Tuesday, and our DVD review this week is of a ABC Studio's Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fourth Season. Invite all of your family to today's Digital Digest!

DIGITAL NEWS

It was another slow week for sitcoms. Warner Bros. announced to us that they will release Night Court - The Complete Fourth Season on their website WBShop.com in mid-September. It will be the first time the series will be a Warner exclusive. Stay tuned for further details. Warner will also release The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete Fourth Season on WBShop.com around Christmas. This will be the second time in a row the series will be a Warner exclusive. Also, the drama Falcon Crest - The Complete Second Season will also be a Warner exclusive on WBShop.com coming out this Tuesday (Aug. 31).

CBS DVD announced Christmas Treats coming out Nov. 2 featuring holiday episodes of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Odd Couple, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Lucy Show and Cheers. View the nice packaging and more info. Shout! Factory will release Rhoda - Season Four via Shout! Select, meaning on their website, on Sept. 21. It is now official, so check out the details and packaging. Shout! Factory has also given a bit more info on Designing Women - The Complete Fourth Season which is out on Sept. 21. Shout! View the new details on the full press release.

Drama wise, Mill Creek Entertainment will release The Commish - The The Complete Series on Oct. 12 at a $69.98 MSRP with all five seasons. Seasons 3-5 have never been released on DVD. Stay tuned for pre-ordering info.

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 (August 31) will have only one sitcom release. Warner Home Video is releasing The Middle - The Complete First Season, and you can read our review of this nice set here. Drama wise, ABC Studios is releasing Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fourth Season and you can read our review of that below on this very digital digest! And finally other dramas out on this day are FLASHFORWARD - The Complete Series and Parenthood - Season 1. We will try and have review of these very soon.


BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

DVD Review: Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fourth Season
by Pavan

Brothers and Sisters - The Complete Fourth Season (ABC Studios, $59.99) brings all 24 emotional, heartwarming & funny episodes of the fourth season of the hit family drama on DVD! Welcome the Walkers back into your home with the emotional fourth season of the warm and witty drama that explores the triumphs and tragedies of the American family. Featuring one of the most celebrated casts on television, including Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rob Lowe, and Patricia Wettig, ABC's Brothers And Sisters is "instantaneously seductive," raves the Wall Street Journal.
No matter how much life changes, family stays the same. As new challenges arise for the Walkers, they learn to rely on one another more than ever before. Kitty's personal revelation devastates the entire family, Nora begins a relationship with a younger man and Justin and Rebecca's Malibu wedding doesn't quite go as planned. Relive all the drama and every touching moment of Season Four, complete with never-before-seen bonus features available only on DVD!
The series airs Sundays at 10PM on ABC and stars Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker, Sally Field as Nora Walker, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker Whedon, Ron Rifkin as Uncle Saul Holden, Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker, Dave Annabale as Justin Walker, Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper, Luke Macfarlane as Scotty, Luke Grimes as Ryan Lafferty, with Rob Lowe as Senator Robert McCallister, and Patrica Wettig as Holly Harper. Recurring are Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker, Kerris Dorsey as Paige Whedon, Maxwell Perry Cotton as Cooper Whedon, Ken Olin as David, Sarah Jane Morris as Julia Walker and Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent. With special guest star Tom Skeritt as William Walker. Other guest stars include Marion Ross, Denis O'Hare, Amy Aquino, Peter Gerety, Joe Morton Roxy Olin, Jon Tenney, Cheryl Hines, Matt Letscher, Marguerite Moreau, and Nigel Havers.

This fourth season is good. Maybe not as good as the previous seasons, but still a solid show with great drama and comedic moments. As always, when the Walkers get together for a family dinner or any event all together it makes for great television. There is no other family on television like the Walkers! Some classic episodes include the season premiere "The Road Ahead," Kitty harbors a devastating secret that will rock the Walker family, while Ida Holden, Nora and Saul's mother, returns and Nora and Holly begrudgingly team up to throw an elaborate engagement party for Justin and Rebecca, Tommy continues his personal spiritual journey in Mexico, and Sarah searches for new business prospects in France. In "From France with Love," having just returned from France, Sarah distracts Kitty through chemo treatments with tales of her intense romance with a French artist (Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent). In "The Wig Party," Kitty is devastated when she is faced with the visible ramifications of her cancer treatment, while Nora makes a surprising friend with benefits, and Rebecca discovers that she is pregnant and Scotty takes stock when his father delivers some shocking news about his marriage. In "The Wine Festival," when Ojai's newest wine is submitted at a local festival, the family holds their breath as they wait to see if the company can be saved, while Justin and Rebecca harbor life-changing secrets from one another, Nora has a secret crush on a younger man (Jon Tenney as Simon), and Sarah and Luc discover that they may not be as compatible as they had hoped. In "Nearlyweds," Justin and Rebecca's beachside wedding has the Walker family stunned. Tommy risks everything to have his daughter beside him. In the conclusion, "A Bone to Pick," Kitty's collapse at the beach was caused by a clot in her lung, however medicine has cleared it, but there's still the issue of her tumor so her best option is a bone marrow transplant but they just have to find a marrow match. In the two-part movie event, "Time After Time, in an effort to get to the root of the secret that William's nemesis, Dennis York, holds over their heads, the Walkers recall their memories, both good and horrifying, of their family's days at Ojai Foods in 1986. In "Lights Out," the Walkers are heartbroken as they prepare to shut the doors of Ojai Foods for good, but new opportunities and secret alliances develop as a result of the family's loss. And in the heartbreaking season finale "On the Road Again," as the Walkers try to cope with the sadness and financial ruin that lingers as a result of the closure of Ojai Foods, they discover a small ray of hope in one of William Walker's many secret investments and later, Robert's health and the safety of his family are compromised when he finds himself in way over his head in a subversive business deal. Those episodes really stand out, but they are all very good I think and make for a great TV drama.

The episodes run usually in the 42-43 minute range (with a few at 42 or under 42 a bit)...unedited of course. There are about 7 chapter stops per episode. See the runtimes for each episode below:

Disc one
1. "The Road Ahead" 43:04
2. "Breaking the News" 42:33
3. "Almost Normal" 42:33
4. "From France with Love" 42:39

Disc two
5. "Last Tango in Pasadena" 43:02
6. "Zen and the Art of Making Mole" 42:27
7. "The Wig Party" 43:08
8. "The Wine Festival" 43:08

Disc three
9. "Pregnant Pause" 43:08
10. "Nearlyweds" 43:01
11. "A Bone to Pick" 42:18
12. "The Science Fair" 43:10

Disc four
13. "Run Baby Run" 42:55
14. "The Pasadena Primary" 41:46
15. "A Valued Family" 42:39
16. "Leap of Faith" 43:10

Disc five
17. "FreeLuc.com" 41:15
18. "Time After Time, Part 1" 42:33
19. "Time After Time, Part 1" 42:03
20. "If You Bake It He Will Come" 41:20

Disc six
21. "Where There's Smoke..." 42:45
22. "Love All" 42:22
23. "Lights Out" 43:09
24. "On the Road Again" 43:09

Packaging has a nice light purple/peach outer box with a main cast photo with them sitting at the wine orchard on the front cover...the back cover has information on the series & set and has four episodic photos. There is also a section detailing the special features in a darker purple box with technical specifications also. Inside the box is the case. The front of the case has the same artwork as the outer box, and the same goes true for the back of the case. Opening the case once, we get a few inserts on the left side and also a disc-by-disc breakdown and a cast photo that are on both panels. We don't get an episode booklet since the episodes are listed on the panels. This time we have a keep case instead of a digipak, so disc one is on the left panel, and discs two and three are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page on a book. Disc two is on the front and disc three is on the back. The same goes true for discs four and five. Disc six is on the right panel itself. The discs do NOT overlap, so good job by ABC Studios in fixing this from previous sets! Each disc is in the light purple/peach tyle color like the color scheme of the set and has artwork of two characters per disc. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of Kitty & Robert. Disc two has episodes 5-8 and has artwork of Saul & Nora. Disc three has episodes 9-12 and has artwork of lovers Luc & Sarah. Disc four has episodes 13-16 and has artwork of the couple Scotty & Kevin. Disc five holds episodes 17-20 with artwork of the young couple Rebecca & Justin. And finally disc six holds episodes 21-24 plus the bonus features and has artwork of David & Holly. After you remove the discs, you see the nice cast photo on the panels itself like I mentioned...very cool.

The menu screen starts by showing us a nice green tree then little moving images are moving around inside leaves. Background music from the show is playing in the background. It is really neat once again. On disc one only, before the main menu we have auto trailers for DVDs of ABC on DVD, Grey's Anatomy, Castle and Desperate Housewives. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Bonus Features, Set Up, and Sneak Peeks. Sneak Peeks is just on disc six and has trailers for LOST, Cougar Town, Scrubs, Private Practice, FLASHFORWARD, Legend of the Seeker, Ugly Betty DVDs and ABC: Great Stories promo. Set Up section has the option of subtitles in English, French, Spanish or Chinese and how to register your DVD. Bonus Features are on each disc because there are deleted scenes on each disc, while disc six has the actual bonus features. The Episodes option gives us the episode number and title to choose along with a screenshot from the episode.

The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good! I have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, so who needs a Blu-ray player? Ha. The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2009-10 season, so it has to be good. The two-hour movie is presented as two separate episodes as part one and two, which is fine, just like the movie from season three. We get to hear the nice closing theme, as on ABC there are promos at the end of the episode.

Moving on to the bonus features. Each disc has deleted scenes for episodes from that disc like the previous set. I like that instead of having them all on one disc. Disc one has four deleted scenes running 0:44, 0:23, 1:45 and 1:47. Disc two has six deleted scenes running 0:57, 1:46, 0:41, 1:43, 0:58, and 0:39. Disc three has three deleted scenes running 0:33, 0:31 and 0:56. Disc four has two deleted scenes running 1:02 and 2:46. Disc five has three more deleted scenes running 1:19, 2:34 and 0:07. And finally disc six has four more deleted scenes running 0:30, 0:24, 0:40, and 0:52. Wow, so that is a total of 22 deleted scenes! Up from the 19 that were on the previous set.

As far as featurettes, disc six has "The Red Carpet." This runs 8:10 and has cast and crew interviews at the season four premiere party. Dave Annable's assistant Scott Scherick hosts and conducts these interviews. The cast and crew that were were speaking to him were Johnny Foam (costume supervisor), Marion Ross, Linda "Sparky" Hawes (co-producer), Diana Menjia (2nd assistant accountant), Ray Garcia (set dresser), Ellis James (best boy grip), Michael Morris (co-executive producer), Danny Vieria (stand-in), Leanne Bantkowski (stand-in), John Kazlayskas (writers' assistant), Annette Hobday (Second 2nd AD), Margery Kimbrough (script supervisor), Emily VanCamp, Ron Rifkin, Ken Olin, Denny Dugally (production designer), Luke MacFarlane, Matthew Rhys, Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty, Suzanne C. Geiger (co-producer), Dave Annable and Calista Flockhart. This was pretty fun! Next we have a featurette called "Off the Clock." This runs 11:08 and we get to see what the cast and crew do off camera and out of the work environment. They are still a family even outside of the show! We see them at the show's weekly softball game, the show's art gallery, and at the Malibu Triathlon. Interviewed are Sparky Hawes (co-producer), Judy Tale Torres (craft service), Jonathan Deiner (production coordinator), Scott Scherick (Annable's assistant), Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys, Jason Wilborn (executive story editor), John Kazlayskas (writers' assistant), David Marshall Grant (executive producer), and Luke MacFarlane.
We finally have 2:12 worth of Bloopers & Outtakes. Very fun to watch always and but shorter than last year.

I highly recommend this series and set. It is such a well written and acted show. Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths have been nominated for Emmy's already, but Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart really deserved nominations this year. I look forward to it every Sunday on ABC and can't wait until the fifth season starts on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c&m. Also, the series heads to local broadcast syndication this fall, with it airing here in NY on Saturday nights after college football/local news on WABC-7. See the Walkers from the beginning! The set is good, but I think the bonus features were reduced in quantity from the previous set. But at least we get features! I like how they fixed the packaging gripe I had. Everything else is similar to the previous sets, which s a good thing. Don't go all the way to Ojai or Narrow Lake to buy this DVD because you can just click below to order and you can gather your family and watch the Walker family on your TVs! Your family can't be filled with this much drama I hope? Go Walkers!

(4.5/5 stars)

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Come on back right here next week for more news and reviews. Next week we will have another good blog review for you. And don't forget to read our full DVD reviews, as many sitcoms will be coming fast very soon as we near September. So please stay with us! Keep it in the family and of course keep it digital!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cable Sitcoms Hot in Cleveland and Melissa & Joey Ratings; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 30, 2010)

Original sitcoms this summer have done well on cable. Sitcoms like Are We There Yet for TBS, Hot in Cleveland for TV Land and now Melissa & Joey for ABC Family. TV Land's Hot in Cleveland had its season finale last Wednesday (Aug. 18) and it did a solid 3.4 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. That was its best total viewers since the series premiere which did 4.75 million. In live+3 day DVR ratings, the season finale averaged over 4 million viewers and a rating of 2.1 in Adults 25-54 and 2.8 in Women 25-54 which is more than a 20% increase over the previous week's episode. The sitcom will begin production on 20 episodes in October with it returning to the air in January 2011 with new original sitcom Retired at 35.
Meanwhile, ABC Family launched new sitcom Melissa & Joey last Tuesday (Aug. 17) to its best original series premiere ratings among 18-49 ever! The premiere episode did 2.15 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating. The second episode immediately followed and built on the premiere in viewers with 2.18 million and held much of the 18-49 rating with a 0.9 rating. Week two had episode three air this past Tuesday (Aug. 24) and the series had great retention doing 1.92 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. ABC Family is smartly airing encores after the morning Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airings and afternoon Sabrina airings once a week each, which also starred Melissa Joan Hart. I think cable series benefit from repeats/encores during the week, that is why some grow during the original airings.

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 August 30-Sept. 3, 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, August 30, 2010
  • Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) - Catch Aubrey on a May repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Watch the legendary Rob Reiner on Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, so check your local listings!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
  • Jimmie J.J. Walker (Good Times) - Catch J.J. on an all-new Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS. Dyno-mite!
  • New Dancing with the Stars cast - The new cast for season 11 will me on Good Morning America on ABC between 7-9am. Maybe a sitcom star or two? Florence Henderson is rumored!
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Watch Jim on a repeat of Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS. Bazinga!
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Catch a repeat with Kunal from The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings for time and channel.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
  • Thomas Haden Church (Wings) - Thomas appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) - Catch Mackenzie on a March repeat of The View at 11am ET/10am PT-CT on ABC.
  • Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) - Catch Jane on a repeat of The Bonnie Hunt Show (check your local listings).
  • Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?) - Watch funnyman Terry on a repeat of The Mo'nique Show on BET at 11pm!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
  • Will Arnett (Running Wilde/Arrested Development) - Catch Will on an all-new The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jerry O'Connell (Carpoolers) - Catch Jerry on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at 12:06am.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Watch Steve on a repeat of Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tina Fey (Family Ties/Spin City) - Catch the funny lady Tina on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show) - Watch Dick on a repeat of The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings.
Friday, September 3, 2010
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/Golden Girls/Mary Tyler Moore) - Watch Betty again on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Holly Robinson-Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper) - Catch a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly with Holly so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) - Watch Rico on a repeat of The Rachel Ray Show, so check your local listings for showtime!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sleuth Fall 2010 Schedule; Network Plans for Obama's Address on August 31

Today we will take a look at Sleuth's Fall 2010 schedule. Earlier this month we told you about Universal HD's Fall 2010 schedule with the additions of Charlie's Angels and T.J. Hooker in October, but some of you probably don't have that network. So maybe you get sister network Sleuth? They won't be adding these two to its regular schedule, but they will air marathons! Every Saturday, Sleuth airs 24-hour classic TV marathons starting at 6am. For October, they will have Charlie's Angels on Oct. 2, T.J. Hooker on Oct. 9, MacGyver on Oct. 16, Nash Bridges on Oct. 23, and Twin Peaks on Oct. 30 for Halloween.
The regular schedule for Sleuth will still have tons of shows airing in stacks. Movies start the day at 6am (but NCIS is on Thursdays from 6-8a) followed by The Dead Zone at 8am. Then stacks air from 9am-5pm usually with Walker Texas Ranger on Mondays, JAG on Tuesdays, House on Wednesdays, The Unit/NCIS on Thursdays, and Monk on Fridays. Various shows air after 5pm including the five shows mentioned above and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Psych and movies. In late nights, Monk airs at 4am and NCIS at 5am.
As mentioned, Saturdays have Classic TV marathons. Sundays have MacGyver from 6-9am then Walker Texas Ranger from 9am-1pm then movies the rest of the day/night. Stunts for the month have a 24-hour Walker Texas Ranger Columbus Day marathon on Monday, Oct. 11 starting at 6am. And there will be a special Sunday 24-hour marathon of House on Sunday, Oct. 17 starting at 6am.
And stay tuned for more fall 2010 schedules as we still have Hallmark, GMC, BET/Centric, New York City locals and part two's (October line-ups) like TV Land and TV One.

On Tuesday (Aug. 31), President Obama will deliver about a 15 minute address live to the nation in primetime at 8pm ET/5pm PT. As a result, the primetime schedules for the east and central time zones will be affected a bit. ABC will air the ABC News Special Report - President Obama Address live at 8pm ET/5pm PT for about 15 minutes then the regular primetime schedule will be on a 15 minute delay in the east/central with a new Wipeout at 8:15pm ET/7:15pm CT, the season finale of Shaq VS. at 9:15pm ET/8:15pm CT and the season premiere of Primetime: Crime at 10:15pm ET/9:15pm CT. These programs will air at its normal times in the mountain and pacific time zones.
CBS will air the CBS News Special Report - President Obama Address live at 8pm ET/5pm PT for about 15 minutes then the regular primetime schedule will be on a 15 minute delay in the east/central with repeats of NCIS at 8:15pm ET/7:15pm CT, NCIS: Los Angeles at 9:15pm ET/8:15pm CT and The Good Wife at 10:15pm ET/9:15pm CT. These programs will air at its normal times in the mountain and pacific time zones.
NBC will air the NBC News Special Report - President Obama Address live at 8pm ET/5pm PT for about 20 minutes then the regular primetime schedule will air in the east/central with a new Minute to Win It at 8:20pm ET/7:20pm CT but joined in progress followed by America's Got Talent at its normal time of 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT. These programs will air at its normal times in the mountain and pacific time zones, with Minute to Win It airing in its entirety in these two time zones.
And finally Fox will air the Fox News Special Report - President Obama Address live at 8pm ET/5pm PT for about 15 minutes then the regular primetime schedule will be on a 15 minute delay in the east/central with a repeat of Glee at 8:15pm ET/7:15pm CT and another repeat of Glee at 9:15pm ET/8:15pm CT. Glee will air at its normal times in the mountain and pacific time zones.
View the full time zone schedule for each network for Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TeenNick Fall 2010 Schedule; Minor Changes to WGN America Fall 2010 Schedule

Today we will take a look at TeenNick's Fall 2010 schedule. The schedule starts on Tuesday, Sept. 7, as on Labor Day (Sept. 6) TeenNick presents a full-day marathon of Degrassi. As for the schedule, it is pretty similar to the schedule now but with a few time tweak and minor returns. Growing Pains returns to the schedule airing on Sunday nights (early Monday mornings) in the 5am hour! Other notable airings are Full House everyday from 6am-9am, One on One from 11am-1pm & 3am-4:30am, What I Like About You from 1pm-3pm & 1am-3am, That '70s Show from 11pm-1am, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch from 4:30am-6am. Sabrina seems to be leaving the schedule starting Sept. 23, so One on One will air from 3-6am.
As for highlights, there are two Degrassi stunts: Labor Day and Oct. 1-3 with full day marathons. That '70s Show gets a 24-hour marathon starting at 6pm on Friday, Sept. 10.
View the FULL TeenNick Fall 2010 schedule. If there are any additions in October, we will let you know...so come on back. And as always come on back tomorrow for another fall cable schedule!

We have given you two updates already on WGN America (update 1 / update 2), but now we have another update. This isn't anything major, but it is noteworthy. Starting Monday, Sept. 13, WGN America will add a second airing of Matlock to weekday mornings, adding 9am ET and it will also still air at 10am ET. The Beverly Hillbillies was set to air at 9am ET, but now that will be moved to the 8am ET hour where paid programming was originally planned. The other changes are to weekends, with an extra In the Heat of the Night being added to Saturday mornings starting Sept. 25 at 10am ET, replacing Matlock. And Heat will still air in the 9am ET hour. For Sundays, starting Sept. 26, WGN America will now have Dharma & Greg air in the 6pm ET hour rather than Just Shoot Me!, and as a result, Just Shoot Me! is not on the schedule anymore. We will let you know if it will be rescheduled again, but as of now, it will not. Drive in Theatre Movie will now air Sundays at 10am-12pm.
View the FULL and updated WGN America Fall 2010 schedule.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FamilyNet Fall 2010 Schedule; RTV Launching in San Francisco, RTV Now in HD in South Florida

Today on the fall cable schedule barrage we are giving you FamilyNet's Fall 2010 schedule. The only thing really of note FamilyNet airs to us are 20th Century classics Lou Grant and Trapper John, M.D. They will be replaced starting Monday, October 4 from 5pm-9pm ET, with the additions of Lost in Space from 5-7pm Mon-Thurs and Big Valley from 7-9pm Mon-Thurs, so yes more 20th TV series. Leading into the dramas will still be back-to-back episodes of Merv Griffin's Crosswords from 3-4pm ET and The New Flipper at 4pm every weekday. FamilyNet Flicks will continue to air weeknights from 9-11pm ET and 12am-2am ET, with another half-hour of Crosswords at 2am.
On weekends, the Saturday mornings kids block will see some changes as Underdog and Bullwinkle are leaving the schedule. Airing are Mustard Pancakes, Dr. Penguin's World, Kid Fitness, The Underwater World, Adv. in Odyssey, Nana Pudd'in, Real Life 101, Aqua Kids, Fun! and Andiamo from 7am-12pm. Yes, I am thinking the same thing you're thinking, what on earth are these shows? Anyway, in primetime on Saturdays now will be a Fox Movie from 9-11pm and 11pm-1am. On Sundays the only thing of note is the Fox R2G Movie from 9-11:30pm and 11:30pm-2am, followed by a block of Black Beauty from 2am-4am.
It is too bad there are no sitcoms on the schedule anymore. Let's hope they add some soon again but Lost in Space and Big Valley are good classic TV options. We just wish they had more series and a sitcom or two at least. Stay tuned tomorrow for another all-new fall 2010 cable schedule!

San Francisco is going Retro in a big way. According to Jeff Chang the soon to be owner of KUNO (these call letters will be changed soon), RTV will launch in the next few weeks with initial coverage that includes both Dish Network and DirectTV for the Bay area. KUNO, licensed to Fort Bragg, is a full power digital that has been dark for some time. Chang and long time California media veteran Reid Davis are bringing the station back to life with a brand new digital signal. RTV will be carried on the primary channel of TV8 as well. TV8's Jeff Chang, said, "We look forward to TV8's debut with RTV's line up of classic programming. I am confident that the network will ensure a successful launch." RTV currently airs on primary stations such as in Boston, Miami (launched last week), Knoxville, Denver and Ft. Smith/Fayetteville.
According to RTV's Neal Ardman, "everyone at RTV is thrilled to partner with great operators like Chang and Reid. These guys are well respected broadcasters that know how to operate tv stations. We know TV8 will become a major force in its DMA just as WMFP has in Boston. TV8 viewers will enjoy great dramas like Magnum P.I., Marcus Welby M.D., and It Takes a Thief and great comedies like Amen, Kate and Allie, McHales Navy and of course the new Saturday Morning TV line up including Fat Albert, The Archies, She-Ra and He-Man.
In other RTV news, on Friday (Aug. 20) RetroTV returned to over 4 million Florida viewers with a new high definition television service. Launching on South Florida's largest independent broadcast group, RTV HD is carried by WHDT Miami in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market and by WHDT Stuart in the West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce market. Both stations are co-owned by G√ľnter Marksteiner. "WHDT Stuart is America's first high definition television station," says Marksteiner. "Along with our older cousin, former CBS affiliate WHDT Miami, we continue to produce original and innovative HD shows that appeal to all ages. Our coverage of world-class equestrian sports is unrivaled. As the first RTV HD affiliate, WHDT viewers can watch their favorite old TV shows in studio-grade quality direct from the master archives of RTV," says Marksteiner.
RTV's Neal Ardman said, "We are thrilled to both return to West Palm Beach and to be upgrading to a the first HD station in America." Ardman went on to say "now even more Floridians will be able to watch RTV. We couldn't be happier about launching our first HD feed, it is the beginning of a new era for RTV."

Monday, August 23, 2010

AmericanLife Network Fall 2010 Schedule; Hallmark Adds More Who's the Boss

Starting October 1, AmericanLife TV Network will be making drastic changes to its schedule. '70s sitcoms Rhoda and Phyllis will be leaving the line-up, unfortunately. Three courtroom series will join the morning line-up airing weekdays from 9:30am-11am and again from 5:30am-7am. The series are Power of Attorney, Texas Justice and Cristina's Court. Then from 11am-5pm will be a new block titled ALN Today, with original series Kevin McCullough, The Ray Lucia Show, and The Big Biz Show. The Flipper and Beachcombers hour will move from 4pm to 5pm, replacing Rhoda and Phyllis. The ALN lifestyle series will air in the 6pm hour replacing Mission: Impossible, which is also leaving the schedule. At 7pm and 8pm from Mon-Thurs, ALN has acquired dramas The Fall Guy and Chicago Hope, so Sue Thomas F.B.eye is off the line-up as well. Also leaving the line-up are the primetime series St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, and Hill Street Blues. Weeknights at 9pm will be another hour of Flipper and Beachcombers. Then at 10pm & 11pm from Mon-Thurs will be encores of The Fall Guy and Chicago Hope. MGM movies will air on Fridays during all of the times for The Fall Guy and Chicago Hope. Weeknights at 12am will be a MGM movie.
On weekends there aren't any series airing except the court series in mornings (early Sunday morning from 5:30am-7am and 10:30am-12pm. The ALN R2G Movie airs Saturdays in primetime at 8pm and again at 1am. Other movie airings are Saturdays at 5:30pm and Sundays from 10pm-4am.
View and discuss the AmericanLife TV Network Fall 2010 schedule. Come on back tomorrow for a look at ALN's sister network FamilyNet's Fall 2010 schedule.

The Hallmark Channel will be adding more Who's the Boss? to its schedule starting TODAY, as we mentioned on our message boards late last week. Who's the Boss? will remain in its weekdays 1pm to 3pm slots as it has since May 17, but it will now also gain more hours airing weekdays 6pm to 8pm. That's eight airings every weekday and the evening airings will start from the pilot episode today, which means it will be a different rotation than the current afternoon airings. The evening airings will replace an episode each of dramas Doc (at 6pm) and Touched by an Angel (at 7pm), which means Doc is off the line-up totally and Touched is reduced to just 8pm.
Will Who's the Boss? remain in the evening hours come Sept. 13 when Martha Stewart programming takes over from 10am-6pm? We will let you know as soon as we know, as Hallmark is still working on a schedule. Be patient and stay with us.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Summer Week 12 Sitcom Ratings; Coming Week Preview

Summer is in session here in the dog days of summer 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 for the rest of the summer, along with a coming week preview! Here are our summer ratings:

Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 11, week of Aug. 9-15)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) - A repeat did 3.98 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating at 8pm, on par from previous week. A 7:30pm repeat led into the 8pm repeat doing 2.52 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - 3.8 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating for a repeat at 8:30, on par from previous week.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - Two repeats did 4.67/4.97 million and a 2.3/2.4 18-49 rating...up some from previous week. No NFL on NBC this week.
  • American Dad! (Fox) - A repeat at 7pm did just 1.74 million and a 0.8 18-49 rating, down from previous week at 7:30pm but better than Sons of Tucson at 7. The regular 9:30pm airing is not airing currently.

Summer Week 12 (Aug. 16-22)

Monday Sitcoms
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 4.9 million and a 1.7 18-49 rating for a repeat. Down a tick from previous week. Now we should start seeing repeats go up each week as the fall season is on the horizon.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 5.28 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating for a repeat airing. On par really from previous week once again.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 8.48 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating for a repeat, down a bit from previous week.
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 8.03 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating for a repeat. Down almost half a million in viewers and a bit in 18-49.
Tuesday Sitcoms
  • 18 to Life (The CW) 2 episodes - The Canadian import comedy did only 750,000 and 700,000 viewers, up from previous week's 630,00 and 690,000 viewers. And the 18-49 rating was 0.3 for the two episodes, on par with last week. The CW has pulled the show from the schedule and won't be airing the remaining 6 episodes from the first season. It will return in January in Canada on CBC for a second season with 13 episodes.
Wednesday Sitcoms
  • The Middle (ABC) 2 episodes - The 8pm repeat did 3.75 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Then the 8:30pm repeat did 3.89 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, also down from previous week.
  • Modern Family (ABC) - A repeat at 9pm did 3.78 million and a 1.3 18-49 rating, on par from previous week.
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - A summer repeat did 2.9 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, up from previous week. Catch up with the first season on DVD.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Community (NBC) - A repeat at 8pm did 2.47 million and 0.8 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. NFL preseason games aired in Buffalo, Indianapolis, Louisville, Rochester (NY), South Bend and Syracuse. Fox had New England at Atlanta.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - Getting ready for its new timeslot, a repeat at 8:30pm did 2.61 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, even with with previous week.
  • The Office (NBC) - A repeat at 9pm did the best of the block at 2.7 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating, down a bit from previous week.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - A repeat at 9:30pm did 2.3 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating, down some in viewers and 18-49.

Friday Sitcoms

  • None.
Saturday Sitcoms
  • None.

Tonight you can watch encores of Fox's animated comedies from 7-10 tonight. ABC airs repeats of two episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos and one Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Then it will be an all-new The Gates at 10pm. The show has been really good lately according to Pavan, but it hasn't attracted many viewers this summer. NBC will air a new Dateline followed by the Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers from Candlestick Park. Brett Favre makes his yearly return and should see some action. CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7pm followed by Sunday edition of Big Brother 12 and then repeats from 9-11 including Undercover Boss at 9 and CSI: Miami at 10.

Coming Week Preview (Aug. 23-27):

For Monday, on ABC, it's an all-new night with The Bachelor Pad from 8-10pm with hosts Chris Harrison and Melissa Rycroft and Dating in the Dark at 10pm. NBC will have a new Minute to Win It followed by the Miss Universe Pageant hosted by Brett Michaels and Today's Natalie Morales. On Fox, Lie to Me is all-new on its time of 9pm right after a House repeat. CBS and The CW are in repeats with their regular line-ups, which includes sitcoms on CBS.

On Tuesday, ABC will have an all-new episode of Wipeout, leading into Shaq VS Charles Barkley in golf and also competetive eating champion Joey Chestnut at 9pm, and special Tuesday repeat of Primetime: What Would You Do? at 10. NBC has a new Minute to Win It at 8 and an all-new two-hour America's Got Talent from 9-11pm. Fox is in repeats with two Glee repeats. The CW has repeats of Plain Jane and Life Unexpected, replacing the comedy import comedy 18 to Life. And once again CBS is in repeats with their regular Tuesday. Cable is good on Tuesdays too with a new episode of the multi-camera sitcom Melissa & Joey at 8 and a repeat of the second episode from last week 8:30 on ABC Family and the new spy drama Covert Affairs starring the sexy Piper Perabo on USA Network at 10pm.

On Wednesday, Fox has a two-hour MasterChef on its new night. NBC has a new showing of game show Minute to Win It at 8, then a 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. CBS will have the Wednesday edition of Big Brother 12 followed by regular repeats. The CW has an all-new episode of reality series Plain Jane at 9pm.

On Thursday, ABC will have a special Thursday repeat of Wipeout followed by an all-new episode of the really good series Rookie Blue (Grey's Academy?) at 9, and then at 10pm its the second part of the four-part series from Nightline called Secrets of Your Mind - Why We Do What We Do. Fox will repeats of Bones and Fringe. CBS has the Thursday edition of Big Brother 12 at 8pm, followed by normal crime repeats. NBC is in repeats with with their comedies from 8-10 and then a repeat of Law & Order: SVU at 10 and The CW is also in repeats like usual.

On Friday, ABC has a repeat of Wife Swap at 8, followed by a repeat of ratings hit Primetime: What Would You Do? at 9pm, followed by a new 20/20 at 10. NBC has a two-hour Dateline from 9-11 followed a repeat of Who Do You Think You Are with NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. CBS will have the San Diego Chargers at the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints from The Superdome in a pre-season game. Fox has the movie Bruce Almighty. The CW will have a concert special called The Gulf is Back followed by a Supernatural repeat.

On Saturday, its slow as usual. CBS has the Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans from Reliant Stadium in pre-season action. Fox will have its usual crime reality with Cops and AMW. ABC has the movie Meet the Fockers followed by a repeat of Castle at 10pm. NBC has the final new episodes of Persons Unknown from 8-10 and then a repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Free Elka! Hot in Cleveland Finale; Digital Digest



TV Land announced that it has created a line of “Free Elka” t-shirts, mugs and other collectibles to celebrate the hit series and its cliffhanger season finale which aired at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, August 18. In the season one finale, Betty White's character, Elka Ostrovsky gets booked into custody after the police find a hidden stash of valuables in her storm cellar. In the episode, viewers find out that Elka's deceased husband was a fence for the Cleveland mob and she has been sitting on these priceless items for years. The "Free Elka" line features the mug shot of White's character, Elka Ostrovsky, on the front of the shirt and the Hot in Cleveland logo on the back. The shirts, available in both women and men's styles, plus other collectibles are available via tvland.com .

“We really loved our Hot in Cleveland cliffhanger and wanted our fans to be able to have their own keepsake of this hilarious episode,” stated Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “The fans have been such an integral part of the success of the show so we wanted to give them a way to show their support of Hot in a whole new and tangible way.”

TV Land's Hot in Cleveland was the highest rated original scripted sitcom premiere in the history of cable when it premiered on June 16, 2010. The show continues to deliver high ratings for the channel. To date, the series delivers a whopping 1.83 in Adults 25-54, a 2.34 in Women 25-54 and the first nine episodes has reached 4.0 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company's 3-day playback plus Live viewing. Hot in Cleveland is set to start production on its second season in the fall with 20 new episodes airing in January 2011.


Welcome to another edition of Digital Digest! Our normal Digital Digest blogger (skees53) as you know is off for the summer and is missed. As always, we have the latest news and upcoming releases for Tuesday. Unfortunately, we have no blog DVD review this week. We hope to have NCIS - The Seventh Season for next week. September will be a very busy month for sitcom DVD releases. Stay with us for our latest DVD reviews and news. Dont forget to check out our TV Series on DVD News and Discussion Message Board.

DIGITAL NEWS

It was another slow week for sitcoms. The Patty Duke Show - Season Three will be released on Tuesday and will include the 1999 cast reunion movie Still Rockin' In Brooklyn Heights and Brand-New PSAs Starring The Lanes. We hope to have a review of this set soon. There are rumors that Here's Lucy - Season Four will be released by MPI in the first quarter of 2011. Fox is releasing new gift set versions on DVD and Blu-ray of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - A Very Sunny Christmas on November 16th.

Fox has a press release for How I Met Your Mother - Season 5: The Suited Up Edition. Pre-orders are being taken for Weeds - Season Six on DVD and Blu-ray. No release date or cover art is available yet. The Office - Season Six on Blu-ray will have some first-of-its-kind extras.

Warner Home Video has shuffled some of the release dates for their Charlie Brown/Peanuts specials. Glee - The Complete First Season: Gleek Set will be released by Fox on November 16th. The extras for CSI: NY - The Sixth Season will include audio commentaries and bonus crossover episodes of CSI: Miami and CSI.

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 (August 24) will have only a few sitcom releases. HBO Home Video is releasing Flight of the Conchords - The Complete Collection. Shout! Factory is offering The Patty Duke Show - Season Three which will include Still Rockin In Brooklyn Heights: The Patty Duke Show cast reunion movie. Fox is releasing The Simpsons - The Thirteenth Season on DVD and Blu-ray. ABC Studios will have Lost - The Complete Sixth and Final Season on DVD Blu-ray. They will also be releasing Lost - The Complete Collection on DVD and Blu-ray. And finally, CBS DVD will have NCIS - The Seventh Season. Look for our reviews of many of these releases soon.

LOOKING AHEAD

Come on back right here next week for more news and reviews. Next week we hopefully will have a blog review of NCIS - The Seventh Season for you. And don't forget to read our full DVD reviews, as many sitcoms will be coming fast very soon as we near September. So please stay with us! Free Elka and keep it digital!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blog Book Review - Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 23, 2010)

Today we have a special book review for fans interested in sitcoms that flopped so badly they lasted for less than six episodes. See my Blog Book Review of Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies:

Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies

Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies (CreateSpace, $12.95) is Rick Irvin's look at over 140 situation comedies that disappeared from TV almost as quickly as they appeared. Before Friends, in what situation comedy flops did Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Matthew Perry appear? Which sitcoms were canceled after only a single episode? What sitcom bomb was described by one critic as "Will & Graceless"? Which Oscar-winning actress made her TV series debut in a comedy that lasted just four episodes? The answers to these questions and other fascinating facts are found in Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies. From A.E.S. Hudson Street to Zorro and Son, from comedies about a talking dog and a 1300 year-old dragon, to shows featuring a bisexual Abraham Lincoln and a gay congressman, Sitcom Bombs describes sitcoms that lasted for less than six episodes, who created and starred in them, and what became of the actors and creators after their shows were canceled.

The book begins with a brief introduction which defines a sitcom "bomb" and why so many shows fail. They aren't necessarily the worst reviewed by critics. Most are canceled because of low ratings. The process of how a new show is put on the air is detailed. Each show goes through a filtering process and is tested before audiences. Some of the terms used in the book, such as burn-off, hiatus, network, prime time and TV season are described. Sources of the cast, crew and number of episodes of each series are listed. All of the shows detailed in the book actually aired on a broadcast or cable network for at least one episode. Many shows never even make it past the pilot stage. A few have episodes ordered and shot but never make it on air.

Only two sitcoms from the 1950s and 1960s qualified under the criteria of lasting five episodes or less (excluding burn-offs). When the ratings system began, national ratings were released six weeks after airing. Series would typically air for at least thirteen weeks before a decision to cancel or continue was made.

Each of the remaining chapters cover a season from 1974-75 to 2008-09. A Season at a Glance section notes the top-rated sitcom, Emmy winner for best comedy series, new sitcoms lasting more than a full season, new sitcoms lasting more than five episodes but not more than a full season, and new sitcoms lasting five episodes or less for that particular season. The premiere date and network for each failed sitcom profiled is listed. A short summary of each show is provided. The creators, producers, and why the show was canceled are noted. There are many interesting trivia facts provided on the production of the series, as well as some behind-the scenes details. Finally, there are updates on what some of the cast members and crew went on to do after their sitcom failed. Each show gets 5 or more paragraphs.

The series that the book covers include the following:

* 1952-53 - Doc Corkle
* 1966-67 - The Tammy Grimes Show
* 1974-75 - The Texas Wheelers
* 1975-76 - Ivan the Terrible
* 1976-77 - Ball Four, Mr. T and Tina, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, The Kallikaks, A Year at the Top
* 1977-78 - The Sanford Arms, The Harvey Korman Show, A.E.S. Hudson Stret, Another Day, Roller Girls, Free Country
* 1978-79 - Waverly Wonders, In the Beginning, Apple Pie, Co-Ed Fever, Flatbush, 13 Queens Boulevard, Highcliffe Manor, Dorothy, Hanging In
* 1979-80 - Working Stiffs, Struck by Lightning, Me and Maxx, The Six O'Clock Follies, Semi-Tough
* 1980-81 - Checking In, Park Place
* 1981-82 - Maggie, Herbie, the Love Bug, No Soap, Radio
* 1982-83 - Ace Crawford, Private Eye, Baby Makes Five, Zorro and Son
* 1983-84 - It's Not Easy, Shaping Up
* 1984-85 - Dreams, The Lucie Arnaz Show
* 1985-86 - Melba, Fathers and Sons
* 1986-87 - Better Days, Harry, Roxie, Take Five
* 1987-88 - Trial and Error, First Impressions
* 1988-89 - Nearly Departed, Nick & Hillary
* 1989-90 - The People Next Door, Singer and Sons, Molloy
* 1990-91 - You Take the Kids
* 1991-92 - Teech, Princesses, Scorch, On the Air, Arresting Behavior
* 1992-93 - Frannie's Turn, Laurie Hill, Home Free, A League of Their Own, Dudley, Black Tie Affair, Cutters, The Boys, The Building, The Trouble with Larry, Tall Hopes
* 1993-94 - It Had to Be You, 704 Hauser
* 1994-95 - Wild Oats, The Martin Short Show, Daddy's Girls, The Office, Bringing Up Jack, My Wildest Dreams
* 1995-96 - If Not for You, Too Something, Misery Loves Company, Champs, Buddies, Aliens in the Family, Local Heroes, My Guys
* 1996-97 - Party Girl, Lush Life, Common Law, Love & Marriage, Public Morals, Pauly (a.k.a. The Pauly Shore Show), Life....& Stuff
* 1997-98 - The Tony Danza Show, Built to Last, Over the Top, Ask Harriet, Style & Substance, House Rules, That's Life, You're the One
* 1998-99 - Costello, The Brian Benben Show, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Everyting's Relative, Katie Joplin
* 1999-2000 - The Mike O'Malley Show, Work with Me, Love & Money, Brutally Normal, Grapevine, Battery Park, Talk to Me, M.Y.O.B.
* 2000-01 - Tucker, The Trouble with Normal, Some of My Best Friends, Go Fish
* 2001-02 - Danny, Bob Patterson, Imagine That, As If, The Random Years, My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central), Beware of Dog
* 2002-03 - Bram & Alice, On the Spot, Regular Joe, The Pitts, Lost at Home, The O'Keefes, Charlie Lawrence
* 2003-04 - Luis, Coupling, The Stones, Come to Papa
* 2004-05 - Life on a Stick
* 2005-06 - Kitchen Confidential, Emily's Reasons Why Not, Crumbs
* 2006-07 - Happy Hour, Twenty Good Years
* 2007-08 - Welcome to the Captain, The Return of Jezebel James
* 2008-09 - Do Not Disturb, In the Motherhood

Appendix A lists sitcom bombs by network and by the quarter in which they premiered. It's interesting to see that CBS has had the most flops with 57. An amazing 19 of those aired on Wednesdays between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. Appendix B lists sitcom bombs by time slot category. They are listed in categories by back-to-back failures, lead-in bombs, bottom-of-the-hour bombs, tryout bombs, and burn-offs. Everything in the book is carefully sourced, with a complete bibliography in the back of the book. All sitcoms bombs are conveniently listed alphabetically in the Index section. The only thing missing that would have been nice to have would be an index by actor, creator or producer.

There have been many books chronicling some of the best TV sitcoms in history, but books on some lost and forgotten or just plain terrible sitcoms are a recent trend. You've likely seen at least a few of the more than 140 sitcoms that are profiled in this book. Many of these shows were easily missed on the schedules and gone within a few weeks. I probably have only seen episodes of about 20 of them. Some have occasionally shown up on TV Land or on Bravo's Brilliant but Canceled series. Some of my favorite sitcom bombs are Working Stiffs with Jim Belushi and Michael Keaton, Crumbs with Fred Savage, Jane Curtain and William Devane, and Kitchen Confidential with Bradley Cooper, John Francis Daley, Jaime King, Bonnie Sommerville, John Cho and others. Crumbs and Kitchen Confidential deserved to have longer runs. They were never really given a fair chance due to unrealistic ratings expectations or poor scheduling.

Fans of short-lived sitcoms from the 1970s through the 2008-09 season will be sure to enjoy this book. It makes for some interesting reading and will be one that you will want to add to your TV reference library. The book is well researched, organized in a convenient style, and provides some interesting insight why these series were canceled. There are many interesting production and behind-the-scenes trivia facts provided, although there are no photos included. For all of the sitcom hits producers like Norman Lear, Gary David Goldberg and Chuck Lorre have had, it's interesting to read they've had their share of sitcom bombs. Another interesting trend to see from reading this book is all the trouble that CBS has had with sitcoms on Wednesdays nights at 8-9PM. I think CBS has finally wised up after all these years and has scheduled sitcoms on Thursdays this season.

What are your all-time favorite or least favorite sitcom bombs? Discuss on message board.

Reviewed by Todd
(4/5 stars)

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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 August 23-27, 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, August 23, 2010
  • Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?/Married with Children) - Catch the gorgeous Christina on a July 27 repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live at 12:06am on ABC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Nick on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC!
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker) - Catch Ted on a repeat from Last September of The Ellen Degeneres Show, so check your local listings for time and channel.
  • Betty White (The Golden Girls/Hot in Cleveland) - Watch Betty on a repeat from February of The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings. Free Elka!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Catch Steve on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35am on NBC.
  • Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) - Watch Selena on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35am on NBC.
  • Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes) - Todd shares the revelations that contributed to his fall from stardom on this repeat from April of The Oprah Winfrey Show, so check your local listings for time and channel.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
  • Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?/Married with Children) - The lovely and pregnant Christina appears on the Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Catch Steve on a July 8 repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - Catch Sofia on repeats of Jimmy Kimmel Live on CBS at 12:06am and The Rachael Ray Show (check your local listings).
  • George Lopez (George Lopez) - Watch funnyman George on a repeat of The View on ABC at 11am.
  • Michael J. Fox (Family Ties/Spin City) - Catch Michael on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on this repeat of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Connie Britton (Spin City) - Catch Connie on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35am.
  • Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?/Married with Children) - Christina will be everywhere this week. Watch her on a new Lopez Tonight at 11pm on TBS.
  • Tina Fey (Family Ties/Spin City) - Catch the funny lady Tina on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Mark Ruffalo (Cougar Town) - Watch Mark on a repeat from March of The Bonnie Hunt Show, so check your local listings.
Friday, August 27, 2010
  • Terry Crews (Are We There Yet?) - Catch Terry on this repeat of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:35am on CBS.
  • Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Watch Larry on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Ashton Kutcher (That '70s Show) - Catch the king of Twitter Ashton on a repeat of LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your local listings for showtime!
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days) - Watch Henry on a July repeat of The Wendy Williams, so check your local listings for showtime!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Comedy Central/USA/TNT/Syfy/WE tv Fall 2010 Schedules; This Blog Celebrates 5th Anniversary TODAY!

Today's fall schedule barrage theme is "more of the same." There will be some cable networks who really aren't changing anything this September (not sure about October just yet). They include USA Network, TNT, WE tv, Syfy and Comedy Central. USA Network will continue to have Wings and Becker air on a few weekdays in the 6am hour with various late night filler airings also. Drama blocks and movies still air on weekdays for shows such as Monk, House, NCIS, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Wednesday mornings has Walker, Texas Ranger and JAG still from 7am-12pm. Original series will have season finales in September are: White Collar on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 9pm, Psych on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 10pm, and the two-hour season finale of Covert Affairs on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 9-11pm. Burn Notice and Royal Pains end their summer runs on Aug. 26. Psych and Burn Notice will return with new episodes in November, while Royal Pains and White Collar return in January with new series Facing Kate. No word on Covert Affairs yet, but that is a lock for renewal and USA also has the fourth season of In Plain Sight sometime in 2011.
As for Comedy Central, it's more of the same as well. Scrubs continues to air in the weekday 6pm hour and the only sitcom on the network. The series will also remain in its weekend early afternoon stack as well. New episodes of South Park and Futurama will continue to air.
WE tv, TNT and Syfy have the exact same line-up for September as they do right now, with shows like Charmed (6-8pm), The Golden Girls (11pm-1am), and Ghost Whisperer (1am) on WE tv; Angel, Charmed, Supernatural, Las Vegas, The Closer, Cold Case, Law & Order, Bones, CSI NY and NUMB3RS on TNT...all in the same time slots! And on Syfy daytime rotation marathons continue frm 8am-4pm with seris like Early Edition, Jericho, Twilight Zone, Seven Days, The Sentinel, and more. Star Trek: Enterprise, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1 airs Tues-Fri from 4pm-7pm, with Ghost Whisperer airing Mondays from 4pm-10pm. Highlander airs at most nights at 1am. Original series like Warehouse 13, Eureka and Haven will continue.
We had to cover these because we would get the question if these networks are making any changes in September. But are these the fall line-ups? We're not sure. Changes could be made in October, so stay tuned if there is anything changing.
Stay tuned for more fall schedules soon. We still have BET/Centric, Hallmark Channel, GMC, AmericanLife, FamilyNet and more to go through.

Today is a special day here at SitcomsOnline, as this blog launched 5 years ago today on Aug. 19, 2005! Since then we have done nothing but post daily every single day! That means we have not missed a single day...that's over 1,825 consecutive days of posts by us (so in about 6 months we will reach 2,000 straight days!)! We thank you for visiting everyday and making this blog a big success with growth that just keeps growing. We hope you continue to come on back everyday for the next five years (and hopefully beyond!), as we have no plans of stopping anytime soon! You hear that Guinness? When are we going to be in the record books for most consecutive days of blog posts? Anyway, look at our very first blog post (which was really just an introduction of what we were going to do). We now are entering our sixth season of delivering news on the blog, we hope we run as long as The Simpsons or Gunsmoke. We'll be delivering sitcom news, TV schedules, etc for years to come, so as I always say, stay with us!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WGN America Fall 2010 Schedule UPDATE: Dharma & Greg; TV Land Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Andy Griffith Show

A couple of weeks back we gave you details on WGN America's Fall 2010 schedule, now they have edited the schedule just a bit because they have acquired a new sitcom! WGN America has acquired the '90s sitcom Dharma & Greg and will start it on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010! The series last aired on FX and WE tv. WGN America will air Dharma & Greg Mon-Thurs at 7pm & 7:30pm ET (4-5pm PT) and also Sunday mornings at 10am & 10:30am ET. On Fridays, as we already mentioned Old Christine will air in the 7pm ET hour, so no Dharma there. The 7-8pm ET Dharma & Greg airings on Mon-Thurs will replace the previously scheduled America's Funniest Home Videos, which will slide to weekdays at 6pm ET. And then Cheers will slide back into the 5pm ET hour, where it is currently airing. What about Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie? They will each get a half-hour reduced because of these changes, with I Dream of Jeannie now at 4pm ET and Bewitched remaining at 4:30pm ET. That's too bad, but at least they are still on the schedule. Those Sunday morning Dharma & Greg airings will replace the planned Bewitched airings. The only other schedule change is long time staple Singstation! will remain on the schedule now, airing Saturday mornings in the 6am ET half-hour.
View the FULL and update WGN America Fall 2010 schedule. And stay tuned tomorrow for an all-new fall cable network schedule!

As we mentioned on our TV Land Fall 2010 Part 1 highlights, TV Land is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show this fall! Now we have some more details! TV Land is counting down the days leading up to the golden anniversary of the highly acclaimed series starring Andy Griffith and Ron Howard - The Andy Griffith Show - with "50 Days of Andy," Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET/PT. Each day during this block, TV Land will share fun show facts and showcase special episodes selected by celebrities and Andy Griffith super fans. From now through September 22nd viewers can log on to tvland.com/andy to vote for their all-time favorite episodes, from when we first meet Andy and Opie to the hilarious episode when Andy and Barney eat all of Aunt Bee’s homemade pickles. Fans can log onto TVLand.com/andy now to see which episodes are in the running.
The final results of the voting will air on Saturday, September 25 from 8:00AM-9:00PM ET/PT and Sunday, September 26 from 8:00AM-8:30 PM ET/PT during a 50th Anniversary top 50 countdown. TVLand.com/andy also includes nostalgic photo galleries, bios, trivia, and games for Andy Griffith fans of all ages.
The tribute does not stop there as TV Land will also celebrate on Sunday, October 3, the actual anniversary of the series debut, with a special marathon of landmark episodes beginning at 4:00 PM ET/PT. We will have more details on the October portion of the anniversary on an upcoming blog post highlighting TV Land October 2010, as we will call that TV Land Fall 2010 Part 2. So stay with us!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November/December)

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series Hot in Cleveland - Season Five Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - The Complete Series
Family Ties - The Complete Series Happy Days - The Sixth Season The Jeffersons - The Complete Series Mister Ed - The Complete Series Mork & Mindy - The Complete Series

10/07 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Classic Christmas Episodes
10/07 - The Flying Nun - The Complete First and Second Seasons (Mill Creek)
10/07 - The Middle - The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive)
10/07 - The Office - The Complete Series
10/07 - The Wonders Years - Season One
10/10 - The Wonder Years - The Complete Series - TARGET="_blank">Read Our Review / The Signature Edition / Seasons 1-3
10/14 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Third Season
10/14 - Two and a Half Men - The Complete Eleventh Season
10/21 - Married with Children - Seasons 5 and 6 (Mill Crek)
10/21 - The Soul Man - The Complete Second Season
10/21 - Square Pegs - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/28 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series
11/04 - Hot in Cleveland - Season Five
11/04 - Napoleon Dynamite - The Complete Animated Series
11/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Complete Series
11/11 - Dads - The Complete Series
11/11 - Family Ties - The Complete Series
11/11 - My Favorite Martian - Best of Collection
11/11 - Taxi - The Complete Series
11/11 - Wings - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/18 - King of the Hill - The Complete Seventh Season / The Complete Eighth Season
11/25 - Better Off Ted - The Complete Second Season
12/02 - Happy Days - The Sixth Season
12/09 - Barney Miller - The Complete Sixth Season
12/09 - The Jeffersons - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mister Ed - The Complete Series
12/09 - Mork & Mindy - The Fourth Season / The Complete Series
12/16 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - The Final (Fourth) Season
12/23 - My Favorite Martian - Season Two - Collector's Edition
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 21

Selfie - "Nugget of Wisdom" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Eliza accepts Henry’s challenge to do something helpful over the weekend and reluctantly offers to babysit Charmonique’s young son on a Saturday night. Little does she know that young Kevin has a lot to teach her about having fun.

Manhattan Love Story - "It's Complicated" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Dana and Peter continue to enjoy New York and each other, but when they realize they still haven’t had sex, both decide tonight’s the night following a sexy and swanky dinner at an upscale oyster restaurant. But when the couple finds their reservation is pushed, Dana and Peter head elsewhere, not knowing that their romantic evening is about to go from intimate dinner to disaster. Meanwhile, Amy and David spend an evening babysitting and make a decision that will impact their future forever.

Marry Me - "Move Me" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jake (Ken Marino) moves into Annie’s (Casey Wilson) apartment and she begins to feel the pinch of having to share her space with someone. She confesses her claustrophobia to her dads Kevin 1 (Tim Meadows) and Kevin 2 (Dan Bucatinsky) but her stress continues to mount. Meanwhile, Gil (John Gemberling) discovers an all-you-can-eat buffet where he can eat for one low price all day – as long as he never leaves the restaurant.

About a Boy - "About a House for Sale" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
In an effort to fix his money problems, Will (David Walton) is advised to sell his house in San Francisco. Faced with his impending absence away from Fiona (Minnie Driver) and Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), Will focuses all of his energies into finding Marcus a new best friend. Meanwhile, Sam (guest star Adrianne Palicki) flies out to help Will pack up the rest of his belongings, only to discover a few surprises when she arrives.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 20) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, October 21

  • Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Catch Krysten on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Dana Carvey (One of the Boys) - Dana visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Cristin Milioti (A to Z/How I Met Your Mother) - Cristin stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family/Back to You/Out of Practice) - Ty is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) - Kat appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Sarah drops by ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says) - William will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family) - Julie is a guest on HuffPost Live at 2:30pm.
  • Eric Andre (2 Broke Girls/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Eric appears on HuffPost Live at 3:00pm.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/Hot Properties/The Knights of Prosperity) - Sofia will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Ken Marino (Marry Me/Party Down) - Ken talks about Marry Me on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. is a guest on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 2am on BET.
  • Tori Spelling (Mystery Girls) - Tori will be on Big Morning Buzz on VH1 at 9:00am.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil can be heard on Morning Mash-Up on SiriuxXM Hits 1 channel 2 at 8:15am.
  • Jim Gaffigan (My Boys/Welcome to New York - Jim shares some of his favorite food adventures, and dishes on what it's like raising five kids in a New York City apartment on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.