Thursday, April 07, 2011

Antenna TV Acquires Soap, Mad About You, Burns & Allen and More; WE tv Also Acquires Roseanne, Will & Grace In Addition to Frasier

George Burns, Billy Crystal, Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt join the stars of Antenna TV when their legendary programs are added to Tribune Broadcasting’s digital network lineup at the end of May! New program changes announced for Antenna TV include Reiser and Hunt's classic sitcom Mad About You Mon-Thurs at 11pm ET. Soap, starring Crystal in an ensemble cast, airs as a two-hour block Sundays from 10pm-12am ET. In addition Burns and Allen with legends George Burns and Gracie Allen starts the daily comedy block at 3 p.m. ET weekdays. The new schedule is effective Monday, May 30, 2011.
Other vintage shows joining the Antenna TV schedule include The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Iron Horse and Circus Boy, as those were previously scheduled to start in January but were delayed...now they WILL air! The network lineup will also continue to feature a combination of movies and other classic shows such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Married with Children, Maude, Good Times, Three's Company, The Three Stooges and Benny Hill.

The new schedule of sitcoms will now start weekdays at 3pm ET and run through 3am ET instead of 1pm-1am ET, starting Monday, May 30, 2011. Burns & Allen will kick the block off and join the line-up replacing Hazel in the hour. In the 4pm hour will now be Father Knows Best, which was at 1pm, replacing The Partridge Family. Airing in the 5pm hour will now be Dennis the Menace, which was at 2pm, replacing Three's Company. Jack Tripper and company will be moving an hour later to Mon-Thurs 6-7pm and will share the slot with its spin-offs still when the time comes in the rotation. Too Close for Comfort will air on Fridays in the hour, as Maude is replaced in the hour. Good Times will remain in the 7pm hour every weekday, but Maude will move to the Mon-Thurs 8pm hour replacing Sanford & Son. Friday nights will still feature The Three Stooges from 8pm-11pm followed by Benny Hill from 11pm-2am. All in the Family and Married...with Children remain in the 9pm and 10pm hours. As we mentioned earlier, Mad About You joins in the line-up and will air Mon-Thurs in the 11pm hour, replacing The Nanny, which is totally off the schedule for now. The encore of Three's Company remains in the 12am hour but then the sitcom line-up goes deeper into the night with Sanford & Son in its new 1am hour followed by the new hour for Hazel at 2am. Movies air from 3am-3pm.
Onto Saturdays, starting June 4, the morning line-up remains intact with Totally Tuned In and the E/I programs from 7am-1pm. Gidget, The Flying Nun, The Monkees and The Partridge Family all move back an hour going from 2pm-5pm to 1pm-4pm, because Too Close for Comfort will move from 1pm to the 5pm hour. At 6pm will now be Sanford & Son, instead of Maude, while 7pm on Saturdays will also be Good Times now like on weekdays, instead of the Saturday All in the Family. Primetime will still feature an encore of Benny Hill from 8pm-11pm and an encore of The Three Stooges from 11pm-2am. Like Good Times at 7pm, Hazel gets to keep its weekday 2am slot here as well instead of The Monkees. Movies remain from 3am-7am.
And finally onto Sundays starting June 5, it's a black and white block starting at 7am through 12pm! The Three Stooges will be replaced from 7am-10am with an episode each of Burns & Allen, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace and Hazel until 9am. Then from 9am-12pm, we have two episodes of Circus Boy at 9am, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin at 10am, and the western Iron Horse at 11am, as all three join the schedule at last! Hazel is replaced in the 12 noon hour by Here Come the Brides, which moves up an hour from 1pm. The 1pm-8pm line-up will be the same as Saturdays: Gidget, The Flying Nun, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, Too Close for Comfort andGood Times. The 8pm-10pm line-up will be the same as Mon-Thurs as we get the classic '70s sitcoms Maude and All in the Family. From 10pm-12am it is the nighttime soap...Soap, replacing the Sunday airings of Married...with Children and The Nanny. At 12am, Too Close for Comfort remains but the sitcoms go into the night on Sundays as well with an hour of Burns & Allen at 1am and Hazel seven days a week at 2am. Late movies follow.
Discuss the new Antenna TV schedule that will begin on May 31! So, to recap...we get Soap, Burns & Allen, Mad About You, Circus Boy, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and Iron Horse added to the schedule and only lose one show totally as a result: The Nanny.

Yesterday we told you about Frasier joining WE tv...now it is official, BUT more sitcoms have been acquired, too! WE tv (www.wetv.com) officially announced that it has acquired the non-exclusive cable rights to the complete libraries of three popular sitcoms: Frasier from CBS Television Distribution, Roseanne from Carsey-Werner Television Distribution and Will & Grace from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The shows will roll out on WE tv over the next two years. Frasier will premiere this Friday, April 8 at 8 pm, et/pt, with back-to-back episodes airing every Friday night from 8 pm to 1 am during a special "Frasier Fridays" line-up, as we mentioned. WE tv will debut Roseanne in 2012 followed in 2013 by Will & Grace.
We will have more on the latter two closer to the premiere...still a long way to go, but enjoy Frasier.


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

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
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, June 25

Bob's Burgers - "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma Is Linda" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Louise gets in trouble at school, Linda is forced to meet with Mr. Frond (guest voice David Herman) and potentially could lose her hard-earned position as the Wagstaff bake sale leader. When she finds out that her daughter was actually trying to help another student, Linda is torn between following school policy or her own moral code. Don’t miss a dose of mother-daughter drama.

The Last Man on Earth - "If You're Happy and You Know It" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Carol is bummed about Gail’s absence, so Tandy tries to cheer her up with the honeymoon vacation they never had. Meanwhile, Lewis finds new success with his pursuits in aviation and Melissa is contained.

The Simpsons - "Caper Chase" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Disappointed in Yale, Mr. Burns decides to start his own for-profit university and Homer is hired.

Family Guy - "Gronkowsbees" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, moves into the house behind the Griffins, and the guys enjoy partying with him until his antics become overwhelming. Meanwhile, Stewie begins beekeeping and gives his bees steroids to produce more honey, but instead they become aggressive.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Friday, June 23

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Zoe and Iain talk about their upcoming CBS sitcom Young Sheldon on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melora Hardin (The Office/Wedding Band) - Melora talks about Freeform's The Bold Type on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/Crumbs/It's All Relative/Inside Schwartz) - Maggie talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie My Favorite Wedding on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rhys Darby (Wrecked/Flight of the Conchords) - Rhys talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.