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.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, May 21

The Big Bang Theory - "The Neonatal Nomenclature" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bernadette won’t go into labor, all her friends try different tactics to get things started. Also, Wolowitz confronts Bernadette after Amy accidentally reveals she’s already chosen their son’s name.

Man with a Plan - "Family Business" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Andi proposes an exciting idea for Adam and her to go into business together when she isn’t able to find work. Also, Adam tackles the most challenging job of his life – renovating Joe and Bev’s (Swoosie Kurtz) kitchen.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Athenaeum Allocation" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Leonard jumps through hoops to help secure the perfect wedding venue for Sheldon and Amy. Also, Bernadette and Wolowitz have a hard time deciding who should stay at home with the kids and who should go back to work. John Ross Bowie returns as Kripke.

Mom - "A Seafaring Ancestor and a Bloomin' Onion" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy discovers she and her younger classmate, Cooper (Michael Angarano), make a good team both in and out of the classroom, and Bonnie steps up when a newly sober Natasha (Missi Pyle) fears she can’t handle motherhood.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Monday, May 21

  • Zachary Quinto (So Notorious) - Watch Zachary on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People/Friends from College) - Billy appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kiersey Clemons (Transparent/Austin & Ally) - Kiersey is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Donald Glover (Atlanta/Community) - Donald visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • The Cast of Arrested Development - Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, David Cross and Alia Shawkat are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Tony also talks about the new season of Arrested Development on the BUILD Series at 2:30pm.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jake Smollett (On Our Own) - Jake joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.


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

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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