Tuesday, February 01, 2011

CBS Orders More 'Rules', 'Molly' Episodes; Working Class Does Good Ratings for CMT

With Charlie Sheen announcing he is going into rehab (which will be in his home oddly), CBS has ordered two more episodes each of Rules of Engagement and Mike & Molly, bringing both series to 26 episodes each. They will need to fill the void of Two and a Half Men, since it doesn't look like that sitcom will make any more new episodes this season. It is unclear right now if these two extra episodes of both series will air in the Two and a Half Men timeslot (Mondays a 9) or not. Rules of Engagement is slated to move to Thursdays beginning Feb. 24, so not sure if CBS is rethinking that now. CBS has new sitcom Mad Love premiering on Feb. 14 at 8:30. Perhaps Rules will air on Monday, Feb. 21 at 9pm to promote its Thursday move starting Feb. 24? We'll let you know if that is the case.
Two and a Half Men has aired 14 episodes so far and two more episodes are completed and will air on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. After that, it will be repeats or replaced by other sitcoms like Rules or Molly. There will still be a lot of scheduling updates to come on this situation. So you'll have to stay with us here on the blog, on our message board and Twitter for any breaking updates. Here is the official statement from CBS and Warner Bros. from last week:
Statement from CBS Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and Executive Producer Chuck Lorre
"Due to Charlie Sheen's decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing Two and a Half Men on production hiatus. We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision."

The Friday, January 28, 8:00 p.m. premiere episode of CMT's first scripted sitcom, Working Class, starring TV veteran Melissa Peterman and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Ed Asner, was the highest rated and most watched series debut in CMT history among 18-49 and total viewers, with 1.2 million Total Viewers. The show also posted a 0.5 18-49 rating. The 8:00 p.m. premiere was up 198% from the prior four week time period average.
Working Class airs every Friday at 8:00 PM, ET on CMT. The 12-episode season follows Carli Mitchell (Melissa Peterman), a single mom from a rough and tumble background, trying to give her three kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. She quickly finds that making the transition to "the good life" is harder than she thought. Guest stars Reba McEntire and John Schneider appear on this week's (Feb. 4) episode.


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

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, January 20

Last Man Standing - "A House Divided" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their constant displays of affection, Mandy agrees but only if her parents become more discreet in the way they express their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, Kristen gets Eve a gig playing at the Grill, but Ed wants to fire her after a lackluster performance.

Dr. Ken - "A Day in the Life" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Amy (guest star Yvette Nicole Brown), the producer of a documentary health series, follows Ken around to record a typical day at an HMO, giving Ken his big moment in the limelight.  But much to Ken’s chagrin, a series of the less than thrilling day-to-day parts of the job at Welltopia leads Ken to doubt his own career choice.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 16)

Friday, January 20

  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Catch Anthony on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba/Better with You) - JoAnna visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years) - John is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Nicole Byer (Loosely, Exactly Nicole) - Nicole appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Joe Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Joe guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bernadette Peters (Mozart in the Jungle/All's Fair) - Bernadette is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah is a guest on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Andrew Dice Clay (Bless This House/Hitz) - Andrew stops by Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory/Roseanne - Johnny discusses his role in the new film, Rings, and dishes on this season of The Big Bang Theory on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.