Monday, November 07, 2011

Antenna TV's Three's Company Thanksgiving Day Marathon; ABC Picks-Up Full Seasons of Last Man Standing, Happy Endings & Once Upon A Time


Three's Company

As we hinted nearly two months ago, Antenna TV will air a Three's Company marathon on Thanksgiving Day! Today they made the official announcement. Come and knock on our door and spend Thanksgiving with Jack, Janet and Chrissy (and Cindy and Terri) as Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's multicast broadcast network, airs a Three's Company marathon. Antenna TV, which airs on 52 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 54% of TV households (plus The Regal Beagle!), will feature 12 hours of Three's Company episodes beginning at 1pm ET on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24. The marathon will feature twelve classic episodes from 1pm-7pm and will encore as well from 7pm-1am in case you miss any episode on this holiday. Join the trio, Larry and Mr. Furley for non-stop laughs while you enjoy the day with your family with this hilarious comedy that will make you laugh so hard until it hurts! Cook it up on Thanksgiving with Jack Tripper and the Happy Cooker Mr. Furley! No fancy escargot needed!
The episodes airing in order are: #67 "The Reverend Steps Out," #70 "The Love Lesson," #73 "Jack's Bad Boy, #75 "The Root of All Evil," #77 "The Good Bye Guy," #79 "Upstairs, Downstairs, Downstairs," #91 "Father of the Bride," #107 "Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," #110 "Dates of Wrath," #139 "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," #132 "Extra, Extra," and #133 "Jack Gets His."
Stay with us for continued updates on Antenna TV. As a reminder, on Christmas Eve and Day, Antenna TV will be airing all of their series that have Christmas episodes ranging from Burns and Allen, All in the Family, Three's Company, The Nanny and many more! We will have more on that with exact timings and more soon, so stay with us!

ABC announced late last week that they have picked-up full seasons of rookie comedy Last Man Standing and rookie drama Once Upon a Time, along with sophomore comedy Happy Endings. All three series have done very well in the ratings and will have 22 episodes each this season. These series join Revenge and Suburgatory in getting full seasons. Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, has been a self-starter for the network airing Tuesdays at 8pm. After four weeks (and five episodes), the series has averaged over a 3 in 18-49 opposite NCIS and Glee. The series also has mass appeal averaging over 11 million viewers. After just two airings, ABC has picked-up a full season for the highest rated new drama of the season, ABC's Once Upon a Time, from the writers of Lost. This series also is sort of self-starter airing Sundays at 8pm. The series premiered with a 4.0 18-49 rating and in week two it nearly retained all of that by delivering a 3.9 18-49 rating. We have to mention that the New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Hartford markets weren't even counted in the ratings in week two due to many losing power during the snowstorm, so there was no Nielsen data for this night in those markets, so more than likely it could have built from the premiere.
ABC also has given a full season to the buzzworthy comedy Happy Endings. Yeah buoy! The series has flourished in the ratings this season by airing after television's number one comedy, Modern Family, Wednesdays at 9:30pm. The fun and smart comedy had its series high in the ratings for the Halloween episode, which aired after a repeat of Modern Family, so it showed off its legs by hitting a series high on that night. The show just gets funnier and funnier, so don't miss out. And finally, ABC has given a five extra scripts order for the critically acclaimed Pan Am. The drama has been airing Sundays at 10pm and got off to a fast start but has stalled in recent weeks. ABC is still promoting the show and believes in it, so looks like they will be patient. I expect the script order to be turned into episode orders soon. I hope it will be for the full 22, but perhaps 18 is more likely. ABC's sophomore drama Body of Proof, which has a 13 episode order (well 17 counting last season's four episodes that were held for this season), is also in the hunt for additional episodes.
Elsewhere, Charlie's Angels was canceled, with two more episodes still to air (one this Thursday and the other is not scheduled yet). The only new ABC fall series yet to hear any news is new comedy Man Up!, which after three airings doesn't look like will get anything more than 13. Stay with us for continued updates.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 2

Last Man Standing - "Precious Snowflakes" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school’s graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve’s friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.

Dr. Ken - "D.K's New Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice.

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.

In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.

“Lucy Gets in Pictures” was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”

Liv and Maddie: Cali Style - "Cali Christmas-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Maddie gets upset that she can't be in Wisconsin for Christmas, so Liv helps cheer her up.

Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Christmas approaches, Riley gets excited to celebrate her favorite holiday, but for Maya, the holidays only bring back unhappy memories from her childhood.

Bunk'd - "How the Griff Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays arrive at Camp Kikiwaka with everyone in good spirits -- except for Griff.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 28)

Friday, December 2

  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Quinn (Bunk'd) - Kevin appears on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - NBC's Today catches up with Miss Piggy in the 10am hour.
  • Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent/Someone Like Me) - Gaby appears on Chelsea on Netflix.