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 (March)

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series Bewitched - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek) Maude - The Complete Series WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete First Season (Shout! Factory) The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI Home Video)

03/03 - CHiPs - The Complete Third Season
03/10 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series
03/10 - Hey Dude - The Complete Series (Walmart Exclusive)
03/10 - Petticoat Junction - Family Favorite Episodes
03/17 - Bewitched - Season 5 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Bewitched - Season 6 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Bewitched - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Maude - The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete First Season (Shout! Factory)
03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Second Season (Shout! Factory)
03/24 - The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI Home Video)
03/31 - Silicon Valley - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
03/31 - Veep - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 4

The Middle - "Flirting with Disaster" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Frankie finds herself innocently flirting with Axl's hot friend, Finn. But when she makes a not-so-innocent remark about him to her sister, she fears that both Finn and Axl may have overheard her conversation. Meanwhile, Sue is forced to take Brick to a “Planet Nowhere” sci-fi convention, and Frankie's dad, Tag (Jerry Van Dyke), asks Mike to secretly help him study and pass his driver's test so that he can keep his license from being taken away.

The Goldbergs - "Happy Mom, Happy Life" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Dana and Adam have to parent a doll for class, Beverly becomes a grand-smother and compromises their project AND relationship. Meanwhile, Erica is annoyed Barry takes up all her best friend time with Lainey. To get back at him, she joins the JTP and they shun Barry out of the group, but it later backfires for Erica.

Modern Family - "Closet? You'll Love It" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay and Claire scramble to shoot a Pritchett Closets commercial in response to their competitor’s new and catchy ad, but there might be some creative differences between father and daughter. A peeping-Tom in the neighborhood keeps using a drone to spy on Gloria sun-bathing so Phil, Luke and Manny make it their mission to take it down. Elsewhere, a tone deaf Lily prepares to perform in her school talent show and Cameron is more worried about it than she is, and Haley’s feelings for Andy become even more complicated when he gets rushed to the hospital with appendicitis.

black-ish - "Parental Guidance" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Dre, determined to make up for the no-frills, last-minute wedding he and Bow had, organizes an amazing vow renewal for their 15th anniversary. But when Bow’s hippie-dippy parents, Alicia (Anna Deveare Smith) and the very white Paul (Beau Bridges) show up unannounced -- bombshells are dropped and old disagreements re-ignite between the two families, especially with Pops and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis).

Schitt's Creek - "The Cabin" (Pop, 10:00PM ET/PT)
When Johnny and Moira use the mayor's cabin for the night, Alexis and David throw a party.

Melissa & Joey - "Parental Guidance" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Joe makes the difficult decision to call Felicia when he learns that Dani has broken the rules.

Baby Daddy - "Happy Birthday Too You" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Ben panics when he forgets his mother's birthday; Emma is injured while in Riley and Tucker's care.

The Game - "Switch!" (BET, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Blue has suspicions about Keira and Malik; Coach Sparks has a heart attack; Chardonnay vows to return to San Diego for revenge.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "The Gang Goes on Family Fight" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
When the gang appears on a nationally broadcasted game show, Dennis does his best to keep the gang's weirdness under wraps.

Man Seeking Woman - "Branzino" (FXX, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Josh is convinced that he's finally found his soul mate.

Love Thy Neighbor - "The Ring" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Philip doubts himself; Hattie convinces him to start over and give Linda the ring.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 2) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, March 4

  • Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Aziz on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Taxi) - Danny is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She will also be on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew guest co-hosts The Late Late Show at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Felicity Huffman (Sports Night) - Felicity stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also talks about her new ABC series American Crime on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Anne Heche (Save Me/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Anne appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Tim Daly (Wings) - Tim visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Vivica A. Fox (True Jackson, VP/Arsenio/Out All Night) - Vivica talks about her experience on The Celebrity Apprentice and tells us what she really thinks about Kenya Moore on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Lauren Graham (The Odd Couple/Conrad Bloom/Townies) - Lauren talks about dating her Parenthood co-star Peter Krause and reveals why one of her co-stars sent stolen property to her house on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced) - Fran appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly is a guest on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • James Van Der Beek (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - James and the cast of CSI: Cyber are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Christian Slater (Breaking In) - Christian talks about Archer on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) - Jeremy is a guest on Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 at 9am.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas LA) - Nick appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.