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 (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

Thursday, August 17

The Big Bang Theory - "The Allowance Evaporation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon and Amy have their first fight since moving in together, and Koothrappali is shocked at the realities of financial independence when he stops receiving support from his father.

Kevin Can Wait - "Kenny Can Wait" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin strikes up an unlikely friendship with Harry Connick Jr., but gets caught in a web of lies trying to impress his new friend. Harry Connick Jr. guest stars as himself.

Great News - "Snowmageddon of the Century" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After organizing a poorly attended staff karaoke night, Carol (Andrea Martin) is convinced that everyone at "The Breakdown" needs some office bonding time. When Greg (Adam Campbell) refuses to help, Carol enlists the help of God, causing a huge snowstorm to trap everyone in the building overnight. Chuck (John Michael Higgins) takes an interest in working with Katie (Briga Heelan), which Portia (Nicole Richie) convinces Katie is romantic.

The Guest Book - "Story Four" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Christy heads up to the mountains to try and bond with her new boyfriend Paul and his 8-year-old daughter, but she self-medicates because of her anxiety and ends up revealing some skeletons in her closet.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Thursday, August 17

  • Jay Ellis (Insecure/The Game) - Catch Jay on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Rami Malek (The War at Home) - Rami appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent) - Kathryn is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect) - Sherri is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Yara Shahidi (black-ish) - Yara shares her thoughts on the Emmy nominations and her new ‘girl power’ campaign on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon discusses his new Netflix show Naked on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Christopher Meloni (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) - Aziz makes his Chew debut and cooks with Mario Batali on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagmenet/Reno 911!) - Wendi teams up with Clinton Kelly for a delicious bite on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 9:15am.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake performs on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) - Ellie talks about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse/The Tom Show/Boston Common) - Tasha talks about TV One's When Love Kills on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.