Tuesday, June 28, 2011

RTV Changes Schedule, Loses Universal Series; ABC Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

Retro Television (RTV) has changed their line-up effective yesterday. We knew about the changes late last week, but we wanted to give you the FULL details, so we are bringing you that today! Their deal with Universal Pictures ended on Sunday. This means series like Leave it to Beaver, Kate & Allie, The A-Team, Knight Rider and others are no longer airing on the digital station. Now they have acquired mostly have stuff from The Peter Rodgers Organization and a few series from Sony Pictures Television. Among the new series from The Peter Rodgers Organization are a short-lived '70s drama titled Movin' On and British drama The Saint. They join other Peter Rodgers series such I Spy, The Bill Cosby Show, Daniel Boone, The Rifleman, Peter Gunn, Robin Hood and others that have been on RTV.
Completely new to RTV are series from Sony Pictures Television. The series that have joined the line-up are Naked City, Route 66, Starsky & Hutch and Police Story. Also joining the schedule are Canadian dramas that currently air in broadcast syndication: DaVinci's Inquest, Cold Squad and Cold Case Files.
RTV is using a national schedule now for ALL of the affiliates, unless an affiliate preempts something on its own. For example, all RTV affiliates will have Starsky & Hutch weeknights at 8pm followed by Police Story at 9pm nationwide. Joining the line-up next week (Monday, July 4) will be Highway to Heaven and it will air weeknights at 6pm. RTV couldn't get the rights to that in time for this week, so they are airing an extra hour of Daniel Boone this week, in addition to its regular 7pm airing.
We will keep you up to date of any other changes and information, but for now view the FULL RTV schedule.

ABC has announced premiere dates for Fall 2011. They join The CW and Fox in announcing Fall 2011 premiere dates. ABC will start the new season of 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 16 at 10pm, but the real stuff gets going starting Monday, Sept. 19 with the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars at 8pm followed by the season four premiere of Castle at 10pm. On Tuesday, September 20, ABC will air the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars: The Results at 9pm and the second season premiere of Body of Proof at 10pm. Tuesday at 8pm is missing, but more on that in a bit. On to Wednesday, Sept. 21, ABC will have one-hour season premieres of The Middle and Modern Family from 8-10pm leading into new primetime soap Revenge at 10pm. The following Wednesday will have the series premiere of Suburgatory at 8:30pm and the season premiere of Happy Endings at 9:30pm starting Sept. 28. On Thursday, Sept. 22, ABC will launch the new Charlie's Angels at 8pm leading into the two-hour season premiere of Grey's Anatomy from 9-11pm. This means Private Practice will launch its new season the following week on Sept. 29 at 10pm.
Fridays will have encore programming from 8-10pm for the first four weeks of the season, so we will come back to that in a bit for what will normally air here. Saturdays will have College Football all fall. On Sunday, Sept. 25, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will have a two-hour season premiere from 7-9pm as it gets ready for a Friday move. The eighth season premiere of Desperate Housewives follows at 9pm leading into new series Pan Am at 10pm. America's Funniest Home Videos will premiere the following week on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7pm. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will air three one-hour episodes on Sundays at 8pm on Oct. 2, 9 and 16 before it moves to Fridays, starting Friday, Oct. 21. The Friday airings will now be two-hours in the fall from 8-10pm. As a result, ABC will now premiere the third season of Shark Tank (slated for Fridays at 9pm in the fall) in January in the timeslot and will still produce 13 episodes. New Sunday drama Once Upon a Time from the producers of Lost will start Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8pm for ample promotion.
Back to Tuesdays, ABC has not yet announced what will air Tuesdays at 8pm for the first three weeks of the season. The Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 11 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9pm. New single-camera comedy Man Up! will premiere the following week on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 8:30pm following Last Man Standing at its normal time.
There are some question marks still to be filled (like Tuesdays at 8 for the first three weeks of the season), so please keep an eye out on our new day-by-day schedule for ABC! Stay with us.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.