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 (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Friday, December 9

Last Man Standing - "Help Wanted" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Since losing her teaching job, Vanessa has been spending her time hovering over the family, and it’s driving everyone nuts. Over at Kristin and Ryan’s house, Ryan and Kyle are wrapped-up in a zombie face-off to determine who knows the most about zombies and how to survive an apocalypse. Unable to land a new gig, Vanessa becomes discouraged, but Mike does everything he can to get her back doing what she loves.

Dr. Ken - "Ken's Apology" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Ken wants to apologize to a patient for missing an important medical detail, Pat advises against it, and the situation gets out of hand. Meanwhile, D.K. shakes things up at Dave’s parent/teacher conference.

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Friday, December 9

  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Watch Olivia on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tom Papa (Come to Papa) - Tom is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones) - Sarah whips up a delicious treat on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Kind (Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Jennifer appears on Chelsea on Netflix.