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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, April 26

The Goldbergs - "Fonzie Scheme" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown’s top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day.

Speechless - "R-U-N-- RUNAWAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

black-ish - "Sister, Sister" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

black-ish - "All Groan Up" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

Nobodies - "Not the Emmys" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Award season! Larry, Rachel and Hugh are going to the Annies… while all their Groundlings friends are going to the Emmys.

Lopez - "No Country Club for Young Men" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT)
George gets Hector a job at his country club, but he falls in with a bad crowd of rich kids. Olly's little sister rolls back into town while Manolo struggles to stay focused in his GED class.

Hollywood Darlings - "Driving Miss Jodie" (Pop, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jodie must choose between a sports car and a minivan; Christine's dream of participating in an exclusive yoga class is thwarted by a loud-breathing celebrity classmate.

Return of the Mac - "The Wrong Stuff" (Pop, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Feeling threatened by newly appointed sidekick Joey Fatone, Joe heads to a comedy club to hone his comedy monologue skills.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Wednesday, April 26

  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) - Maria appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Henry Zebrowski (A to Z) - Henry is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - Anna stops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Less Than Perfect/Sherri) - Sherri talks about the disease she won’t let destroy her on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your loclal listings.
  • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity makes pecan bars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Morris Chestnut (Out All Night) - Morris is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.