Friday, September 09, 2011

ION Television Acquires Leverage, Lifetime Acquires AMW; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 12, 2011)

We have two pieces of acquired series news. One will be reruns, but the other will actually be new episodes on a new network! First, ION Television continues to expand its programming line-up with high-quality content with the acquisition of reruns of the popular TNT drama series, Leverage from Electric Entertainment. ION Television, a top-10 rated network, has licensed the off-network rights to all seasons of Leverage. The series will begin airing on ION Television in summer 2012.
The series will enter its fifth season on TNT by the time ION starts airing reruns. Before that, the fourth season will continue with the second batch of episodes starting Sunday, Nov. 27 on TNT. Leverage follows a five-person team: a thief, a grifter, a hacker, a retrieval specialist, and their leader, former insurance investigator Nathan Ford (Academy Award Winner(R) Timothy Hutton), who use their skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on ordinary citizens. The first half of season four has averaged more than 4.8 million viewers, up 10% over season three, with 1.9 million adults 18-49 (+6%) and 2.3 million adults 25-54 (+9%).
The Leverage deal comes on the heels of ION's recent acquisition of cable's other hit series Psych, Monk and House, signifying ION as a viable after-market platform for cable net productions. The hit series also joins ION Television's primetime schedule of the popular off-net series Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and ION's first original police drama Flashpoint, which will join the network soon.
We recently announced ION Television's Fall 2011 schedule, but we will have an update on that by hopefully next week, so stay tuned. We might see a sitcom or two added. Enticed now? Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Lifetime has picked up all-new episodes of John Walsh's pioneering series America's Most Wanted, television's top crime-fighting show that will return for its 25th season later this year on Lifetime. Hosted and executive produced by Walsh, America's Most Wanted has become one of the most important programs on television, having played a major role in the capture of more than 1,100 fugitives in the U.S. and 30 countries, including 17 on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, and rescue of 61 children and missing persons since its launch in 1988.
The series was not placed on the Fox schedule this fall, but Fox had scheduled quarterly two-hour specials, the first of which is slated to air on Saturday, Oct. 29. As of now, that is still on the schedule on Fox, but it is unclear if there will be any other specials as originally planned. The series stopped airing as a regular on Fox this past June. Stay with us for scheduling updates on when Lifetime will start airing it. As of now, their September schedule will remain the same (that's why we haven't covered Lifetime yet), but if anything should change, we will of course be the first to let you know.


It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of September 12-16, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, September 12, 2011
  • Christina Applegate (Up All Night/Samantha Who?/Married with Children) - Watch the lovely Christina on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Victoria Justice (Victorious/Zoey 101) - Victoria is a musical guest on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) - Soleil talks about her book, Happy Chaos, on Today between 10-11am on NBC.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen) - Catch Ellen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Will Arnett (Up All Night/Arrested Development) - Will visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Roseanne appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Watch Alec on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Tune in to see Danny on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) - Jon drops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Will Arnett (Up All Night/Arrested Development) - Will talks about his new show, Up All Night, on Today on NBC between 7-9am.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
  • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet) - Catch Kirstie on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Louis C.K. (Louie) - Louis drops by on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey appears on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly, so check your listings and later she will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) - Kristin visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton continues to make the rounds on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
Friday, September 16, 2011
  • Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Watch Ashton on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal stops by the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jerry Ferrara (Entourage) - Jerry is a guest on The Gayle King Show at 10am on OWN.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, March 26

The Simpsons - "Dad Behavior" (Fox, 7:00PM 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.

Bob's Burgers - "Aquaticism" / "Ain't Miss Debatin'" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When Tina learns that the aquarium is in danger of closing, the Belcher children devise a scheme to keep it running. Meanwhile, Bob realizes that he could learn a thing or two from Linda’s customer service skills. Then, 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.

Making History - "Chadwick's Angels" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
In need of a victory, the trio heads back to the 1990s to give Dan another shot at his childhood dream: finishing the infamous “Bellybuster” ice cream sundae at a local parlor. As Deb bonds with the parlor’s owner, Chris is on a mission to save a life in honor of his late British friend. But all of their plans are derailed when Dan runs into the bully that tormented him.

Family Guy - "Peter's Lost Youth" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter gets jealous of Lois when she upstages him at a Red Sox fantasy baseball camp. Meanwhile, Stewie runs away from home when Meg is left to babysit him.

The Last Man on Earth - "Find This Thing We Need To" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Carol makes a big discovery, enlisting Tandy and Erica to help her track down some answers. Meanwhile, Todd has a major breakthrough with Melissa.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Sunday, March 26

  • Sanaa Lathan (Family Guy/The Cleveland Show/LateLine) - Catch Sanaa on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, March 27
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. They also chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Rachel is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) - Jenna appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi appears on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) - Tahj, Derek and Jean-Luc are guests on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (Rhythm & Blues) - Vanessa is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) - June talks about Grace and Frankie on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Joey) - Melissa and Ben talk TV Land's Nobodies on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Grace and Frankie/Friends with Better Lives) - Brookyln stops by People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife) - Marcia opens up about her favorite part of being in the 50 Shades movies on People Now at 8:30am.
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  • Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Girlfriends) - Tracee dishes about her Golden Globe win on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.