Thursday, September 01, 2011

ABC Family Fall 2011 Schedule, Part II; BET Saturday Sitcom Stunts In September

Last month we gave you ABC Family's September 2011 schedule, but there really weren't any changes to the regular schedule. Now we have October 2011 and there are changes to the line-up beginning Monday, October 3, 2011! There are no new shows joining the line-up, but the biggest news probably is that Gilmore Girls returns to the ABC Family line-up after a few months off the schedule. The series will return and air weekdays at 11am replacing an hour of Full House, bumping Full House to the 9am half-hour, replacing Grounded for Life. It's not bad news though for that sitcom, as Grounded for Life will now air for an hour in a later timeslot of 1-2pm. 8 Simple Rules will move from 1-2pm to 3-4pm right after My Wife & Kids at 2. That '70s Show's two-hour block will be shifted as a result of 8 Simple Rules coming at 3pm, so Fez and the gang will now air from 4-6pm. That '70s Show will replace repeats of The Secret Life of the American Teenager at 5pm, as the 5-days a week airing for that show will end. The rest of the line-up will remain as it is in September.
Moving on to stunts in October, we have the annual "13 Nights of Halloween" event starting Wednesday, October 19. This year the event will kick-off with a special Halloween episode for ABC Family's hit original series Pretty Little Liars. The episode will air at 8pm and will be a Halloween-themed episode but is a prequel episode for fans to have something new as we wait for the second half of the season (12 more episodes) to begin in January 2012. A marathon of the series will lead-in starting at 11am. Pretty Little Liars ended its first half this past Tuesday with a quite a cliff-hanger and to high ratings. "13 Nights of Halloween" will feature Halloween episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos and That '70s Show, but will be mainly filled with movies. The movie premieres are the basic cable premiere of Coraline and the ABC Family premieres of movies that are also TV series: Bewitched and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Other movies airing in the annual event are Hocus Pocus, The Goonies, Casper, Teen Witch, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family Movie, Scooby-Doo Movie, Haunted Mansion, Monsters, Inc. and Practical Magic.
Before the 13 Nights of Halloween, the ABC Family premiere movies are Mamma Mia! and Unbreakable. Other movies airing include Coyote Ugly, Titanic, Dr. Dolittle, G-Force, 50 First Dates, and Along Came Polly. Besides, the Pretty Little Liars special episode, the only original series for ABC Family in October will be the final three episodes of the season for new series The Lying Game, airing Mondays at 8pm. The season finale will be on Monday, Oct. 17.
View the complete ABC Family October 2011 schedule and the complete breakdown of the annual 13 Nights of Halloween! Keep it right here if there are any changes announced.

BET will have some sitcom Saturday fun in September. First up, this coming Saturday (Sept. 3), BET will feature a marathon of Bernie Mac from 8am-4:30pm. The following Saturday (Sept. 10), will feature an appearance from sister network Centric's The Steve Harvey Show from 12:30pm-6:30pm following a mini-block of Jamie Foxx Show/Bernie Mac from 10am-12:30pm. Moving on to September 24, there will be an assorted display of sitcoms starting at 8am and running until 3pm. We get The Game, The Jamie Foxx Show, Bernie Mac and Everybody Hates Chris airing on this day.
We will have the BET Fall 2011 schedule soon, along with sister network Centric's Fall 2011 schedule. One hint for BET we will give you is that there will be a special sitcom stunt on Oct. 1, featuring a new acquisition that returns to the network after a couple years off. Stay tuned and find out what it will be soon!


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.

Complete TV Listings


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.