Thursday, June 02, 2011

ABC Family July 2011 Has Secret Life Join Regular Schedule; ION Adds Men of a Certain Age

ABC Family has released their July 2011 schedule and as usual we have all the scoops and highlights for you! The regular schedule will see one schedule change and it will happen starting Monday, July 4, 2011! Weekdays at 5pm will now be a weekday strip of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The ABC Family original series is entering its fourth season this summer with new episodes airing Monday nights at 8pm, but now you can watch from the beginning every weekday for the first time! I don't think this is a regular syndication deal, but I would assume the series will be close to being in syndication soon. The teen drama will replace Gilmore Girls, which for now will be off the line-up totally. There are no other changes to the regular line-up, which means sitcoms will still air from basically 7am-5pm (not counting 700 Club), with a few nights of Still Standing in the 6pm hour.
ABC Family will have a lot of original programming in primetime this summer, as new series air in primetime Mon-Wed. Look for encores of these series to air in the 6pm and 7pm hours on most weeknights this summer. Original programming has Secret Life and upcoming new drama Switched at Birth on Mondays; Pretty Little Liars and upcoming new drama The Nine Lives of Chloe King; and Wednesdays it is comedy with Melissa & Joey and upcoming new comedy State of Georgia.
The new ABC Family original movie Cyberbully starring Kay Panabaker (No Ordinary Family) premieres Sunday, July 17 at 8pm. Theatrical movie premieres for the month are Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, School of Rock, Step Up 2: The Streets and Jersey Girl. Of course you can catch encores of other movies such as the Harry Potter franchise, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Jurassic Park, Grease, Grease 2, Meet the Parents and way more.

Meanwhile, ION Television quietly added the TNT original series Men of a Certain Age starring Ray Romano to its Tuesday line-up on May 24. They are airing the first six episodes of season two Tuesdays at 10pm & 11pm, as of now four episodes have aired. Two more episodes will air next Tuesday but after that it isn't on the line-up again. TNT is continuing season two this June, so that is probably the reason. Perhaps ION is airing these six episodes as a promotional play for TNT. In fact episode 7 of the second season premiered on TNT last night.
This has been kept very low-key with no press, so we thought we would share this with you, even though there is just a week left. Stay with us if we have any more information if ION airs more than just the first six of this season. We'll be on top of it, stay with us.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

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
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, August 20

Bob's Burgers - "Ain't Miss Debatin" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tina is recruited by the debate team, she finds unexpected success and an even more unexpected relationship. Meanwhile, Louise and Gene convince their parents to help fund a stop-motion movie focusing on a surprising subject matter.

The Simpsons - "Havana Wild Weekend" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital can’t solve Grampa’s health issues, the Simpsons decide to take a family trip to Cuba to get him cheap medical care.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Simpsons - "Dad Behavior" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer finds a new app that makes his life much easier and outsources his father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Grampa finds that he is about to be a father again.

Family Guy - "Dearly Deported" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Chris’ Mexican girlfriend, Isabella, gets deported, he volunteers to take care of her twin babies. After learning that Isabella can’t come back to the U.S., the Griffins go to Mexico to return her children.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Friday, August 18

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Watch T.J. on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Brandy (Moesha/The Game/Thea) - Brandy talks about Broadway's Chicago on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi performs on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat talks about Leap and Home Again on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (Buffalo Bill/The Geena Davis Show) - Geena talks about Marjorie Prime on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.