Monday, March 28, 2011

ABC Summer 2011 Schedule; Another TV Land Awards Honoree

ABC has announced its summer 2011 schedule for original programming. Wipeout, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, Rookie Blue, Expedition Impossible, The Hot Zone, Take the Money and Run, Bachelor Pad and America's Karaoke Challenge, join previously announced The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. ABC's summer schedule launches on Thursday, June 16 with a special preview episode of Wipeout, followed by the series premiere of game show 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and the season premiere of drama Rookie Blue, now at 10pm. If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, these programs will move to Thursday, June 23, though. The NBA Finals begin Thursday, June 2 on ABC and could last until June 16, should all 7 games be needed like last year. Wipeout repeats will remain in the Thursday at 8pm hour for the rest of the summer and some originals could be mixed in since it has 16 episodes. 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show will last 6 weeks before a new series takes over, the reality series from Jerry Bruckheimer Take the Money and Run will start Thursday, July 28. Rookie Blue will last all summer for 13 episodes. ABC's Tuesday summer line-up starts on Tuesday, June 21 with all-new episodes of Wipeout at 8pm leading into the new Mark Burnett reality series Expedition Impossible, which will last 10 weeks at 9pm. At 10pm, ABC will air the new drama The Hot Zone for all summer, lasting 13 weeks. Moving on to Mondays, The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition we knew already, but when they finish, The Bachelor Pad and new reality series America's Karaoke Challenge will air starting Monday, August 8 for 6 weeks each. So, ABC is all-new all summer long on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. TBD favorite series repeats will air on Sundays and Wednesdays, with the most obvious repeat candidates being the Wednesday comedies (The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town), AFV, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Secret Millionaire, Castle, and perhaps Body of Proof. Stay tuned for info on the repeat schedule as soon as we know. View more info on the ABC summer 2011 series. TV Land announced that platinum recording artists and the pioneers of "Rock 'N Soul," Daryl Hall and John Oates, will receive the Music Icon Award at the 2011 TV Land Awards. The duo will also perform some of its most popular songs which topped the pop charts throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s. With eight number one singles including "Rich Girl," "Private Eyes" and "Maneater," Grammy®-nominated Daryl Hall and John Oates have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Their musical legacy continues today, with their classic tunes featured in film and on television including Oscar®-winner The Fighter, 500 Days of Summer and the popular television series Glee and Grey's Anatomy. As we have said many times, the 2011 TV Land Awards will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and airs on TV Land the following week on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 9 PM ET/PT. The ninety-minute telecast will feature exhilarating tributes to some of the most iconic television casts and musical performers. Previously announced honorees include: New York legend Regis Philbin, who will receive the Legend Award; the full cast of Family Ties, (Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers, Marc Price, Tracy Pollan and Billy Vera) who will be honored with the Fan Favorite Award and The Cosby Show cast (Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempesst Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sabrina LeBeauf and Raven Symone) who will be honored with the Impact Award. TV Land will also honor the entire cast of Welcome Back, Kotter (John Travolta, Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Hegyes, Marcia Strassman and Ellen Travolta) with the 35th Anniversary Award and the cast of The Facts of Life (Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn and Charlotte Rae) with the Pop Culture Award.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, May 23

Downward Dog - "Boundaries" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Nan installs an automatic dog door so she can take away Jason’s key but still keep him as Martin’s dog walker, Martin is convinced he can suddenly open doors with his mind, and the new-found power goes to his head.  Meanwhile at work, Nan’s boss is unable to understand the new ad campaign Nan sold to the corporate bosses, and he spirals into confusion.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Bank Job" / "Crime & Punishment" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Jake and Rosa continue their search for a bank-robbing operation with Lieutenant Hawkins (guest star Gina Gershon), they realize there’s more to her team than meets the eye. After discovering a dangerous secret, they call for back-up from Holt and Pimento (guest star Jason Mantzoukas). Meanwhile, Boyle objects to Gina’s new boyfriend (guest star Ryan Phillipe). Then, Jake and Rosa are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, it’s up to the Nine-Nine to find a way to bust them out.

Great News - "Carol Has a Bully" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Carol (Andrea Martin) has a midterm she must pass in order to keep her internship. Katie (Briga Heelan) needs to choose between helping her mom and focusing on her hacking story, which she can't seem to crack. Meanwhile, Greg's (Adam Campbell) wealthy estranged grandmother (guest star Christina Pickles) pays a visit to the office. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) finds her cold and cruel, but almost immediately falls in love with her.

Great News - "Carol's Eleven" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Katie (Briga Heelan) makes a huge discovery about the story she's been chasing and, with the help of Carol (Andrea Martin) and the rest of the staff, concocts a scheme to get the story out. Greg (Adam Campbell) struggles with balancing his conflicting loyalties to his family, co-workers and conscience.

Mann & Wife - "Mann, Shut Yo Mouth" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Struggling to solve a tough case, an exhausted Daniel falls asleep and wakes up in a 70's blaxploitation cop show.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 22)

Tuesday, May 23

  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Catch Terry on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Trasparent/Burning Love) - Rob appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to The Captain/Gary Unmarried), Andrew Santino (I'm Dying Up Here/Sin City Saints) and Erik Griffin (I'm Dying Up Here) - Al, Andrew and Erik are guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Nick visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ben Falcone (Nobodies/A to Z/Joey) - Ben drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory/Blossom) - Mayim talks about her new book Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular and The Big Bang Theory on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says) - William is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kyle Chandler (What About Joan?) - Kyle teams up with Clinton Kelly to grill up a great entrĂ©e on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Nicole Byer ( Loosely Exactly Nicole) - Nicole is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • The Love Boat Cast - The cast of The Love Boat reunites on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Debra Messing (Will & Grace) - Debra chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces/Friends with Better Lives/Whitney) - Zoe talks about her new comedy Band Aid on the AOL Build Show 1pm.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie talks about Beat Shazam on AOL Build Show 4pm.