Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Antenna TV 2011 Christmas and New Year's Marathon Schedule; Dancing with the Stars Repeats Coming to GSN


Three's Company Christmas

As we hinted previously, Antenna TV will have a marathon of Christmas episodes on Christmas Eve and Day and then a marathon of Burns & Allen and Jack Benny Program on New Year's Eve! Spend the holidays with your favorite sitcom stars as Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting's multicast broadcast network, airs a full weekend of holiday episodes on Christmas weekend, and a Burns and Allen Show and a Jack Benny Program marathon on New Year's Eve. Antenna TV, which airs on 52 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 57% of TV households, will feature a weekend of holiday programming beginning at 1pm ET on Saturday, December 24, 2011 and running through 11pm ET on Sunday, December 25, 2011. Programs include holiday episodes of: The Burns and Allen Show, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, Hazel, The Flying Nun, McHale's Navy, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, The Monkees, Dragnet, Here Come the Brides, Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, The Nanny, Married...with Children, NewsRadio, Good Times, Sanford and Son, Too Close for Comfort, Three's Company, All in the Family and Maude. And if that's not all, watch The Yule Log from 3-7am ET bright and early on Christmas Day! View the complete schedule for the Christmas episodes on Christmas Eve and Day (scroll down below the regular schedule).

On New Year's Eve, Antenna TV will ring in 2012 with a Burns and Allen Show and a Jack Benny Program marathon (34 episodes/17 hours.) Beginning at 3pm ET on Saturday, December 31 and running through 8am ET on Sunday, January 1, the Burns and Allen episodes will feature the top rated episodes and the Jack Benny episodes will feature celebrity guest-star episodes like Lucile Ball, Bob Hope, and Carol Burnett! The marathon will have an episode each in an hour, so for example Burns and Allen Show at 3pm, followed by Jack Benny Program at 3:30pm, and then back to Burns & Allen at 4pm, and so on. Then on New Year's Day when the marathon is over by 8am ET, watch The Three Stooges all day on the first day of the year from 8am-12am ET! More info on that will come soon, as episode info is not available yet. For now, view the full New Year's Eve schedule of episodes for Burns & Allen and Jack Benny (scroll down below the regular schedule).
Antenna TV has some good stunts and surprises planned for 2012, so you'll want to keep it right here for the up-to-date news and schedule! Can't believe Antenna TV will be on the air a year by Jan. 1.


GSN (Game Show Network) announced recently that it has acquired the exclusive off-network rights to ABC's Dancing with the Stars from Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which will make GSN the only network on which previous seasons of the mega-hit dance competition can be seen. GSN has acquired seasons 4 through 13 (season 13 just finished last week on ABC), and will begin airing them in January 2012. The agreement also includes the upcoming 14th season that starts in March on ABC.
Dancing with the Stars episodes on GSN will feature a wide variety of celebrities who have brought glamour, humor, and even some lively controversy to the show - including Chaz Bono, Bristol Palin, Kim Kardashian, Cloris Leachman, Susan Lucci, Tom DeLay, Kate Gosselin, David Hasselhoff, Laila Ali, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Michael Bolton, Florence Henderson, Jennifer Grey, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Donnie Osmond, Melissa Joan Hart, Mel B, Shawn Johnson, Kelly Osbourne, Pamela Anderson, Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, and Kirstie Alley, among many others.
The first season (the fourth season) of Dancing with the Stars to air on GSN features a diverse cross-section of celebrities from television, movies, music, sports, fashion and society, each paired with a professional dancer.
Dancing with the Stars was last seen on cable on BBC America in early 2008 back when they aired season two with stars like Drew Lachey, Stacey Keibler, Master P and Kenny Mayne. No word if they hold the rights to seasons 1-3, but GSN doesn't have the rights to those seasons, so we won't see stars like Mario Lopez, Emmit Smith and Kelly Monaco. Stay with us for more information, such as the GSN premiere date and regular air times. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fox Fall Pilot Review: I Hate My Teenage Daughter - Premieres November 30; Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse Delivers for TBS


I Hate My Teenage Daughter

I Hate My Teenage Daughter - Wednesdays 9:30PM ET/PT on Fox
Premieres Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 9:30PM ET/PT


I Hate My Teenage Daughter is a new multi-camera family comedy starring Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran as single moms, best friends – and former nerds – who fear their privileged and overly indulged daughters are turning out just like the mean girls who picked on them in high school.

Annie (Pressly), who was raised in an ultra-strict, über-religious household where she had little-to-no freedom, pretty much allows her daughter, Sophie (Kristi Lauren), to do whatever she wants. Annie's best friend Nikki (Finneran), once an unpopular, overweight social pariah, is now a pretty Southern belle who also allows her daughter, Mackenzie (Aisha Dee), to do as she pleases.

The moms have given the girls everything they’ve asked for and everything they never had: clothes, money and self-esteem. The unintended consequence is that they have created two mean girls just like the ones who tortured them years ago.

The series also stars Eric Sheffer Stevens as Annie's ex-husband Matt, who wants to be a good parent, but doesn't know what that even means; Kevin Rahm as Matt's brother Jack, a father figure to Sophie whose meddling would annoy Annie more if she didn't have such a crush on him; and Chad L. Coleman as Gary, Nikki's ex-husband, who also tries to help raise his challenging daughter, but the couple's complicated relationship often makes his involvement more difficult.

As their daughters begin to experience their first high school dances and other life-changing teen events, Annie and Nikki are often reminded of their own tortured adolescent years. But when Sophie and Mackenzie's mean-girl antics cross the line, the moms quickly realize that they must, for the first time, dole out some real punishment and fix what is broken. They have no idea how to do that, but they do know one thing: They can't do it without each other.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sherry Bilsing-Graham (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Friends) and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Friends) are executive producers. The series is written by Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer. Andy Ackerman (Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine) executive-produced and directed the pilot.

Cast Details:

Jaime Pressly as Annie
Katie Finneran as Nikki
Kristi Lauren as Sophie
Aisha Dee as Mackenzie
Eric Sheffer Stevens as Matt
Kevin Rahm as Jack
Chad L. Coleman as Gary

Jaime Pressly's (Annie) beauty, talent and natural screen presence have earned her a place among Hollywood's elite. Best known as the feisty "Joy Turner" on My Name is Earl, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007. She also received a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.

Pressly's film credits include I Love You, Man, Not Another Teen Movie, Ticker, The Adventures of Joe Dirt, Tomcats, Ringmaster and Can't Hardly Wait. She will next be seen in The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure and 6 Month Rule. Her television credits include Jack and Jill, the made-for-TV movie Evel Knievel and Happy Family.

A seasoned theater actress, Katie Finneran (Nikki) received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the recent Broadway revival of Promises, Promises as well as Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the Broadway revival of Noises Off.

Her film appearances include Baby on Board, Broken Bridges, Firehouse Dog, Miss Congeniality 2, Bewitched, You've Got Mail, Liberty Heights and Night of the Living Dead. Finneran's television credits include The Inside, Wonderfalls, Bram and Alice, Frasier and Oz.

Kristi Lauren (Sophie) has had a passion for entertainment for as long as she can remember. With a love to make people laugh, she has participated in various improv shows at the Raven Playhouse and at the prestigious The Second City.

The 17-year-old's television credits include Working Class and Wizards of Waverly Place, and her film work includes You starring Melora Hardin and Joely Fisher.

Aisha Dee (Mackenzie) has trained since a very young age in voice and all styles of dance, including Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet. In recent years she has continued her dance training at Industry of Dance, where she worked with some of Australia's best practitioners. She furthered her studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

After beginning her career in commercials, Dee was cast in the hugely popular international series The Saddle Club, a co-production between Australia's Crawford Productions and Canada's Protocol Entertainment. She then went on to do Skyrunners, which was shot on location in New Zealand. In 2009, Dee appeared in Dead Gorgeous, and also will be seen in TERRA NOVA.

Upon completing his graduate degree at the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Eric Sheffer Stevens (Matt) pursued a career in theater, starring in the world premiere of Keith Reddin's play "Synergy" at the Alley Theatre in Houston.

Sheffer Stevens' work on television first earned critical acclaim on As the World Turns in which he played neurosurgeon "Dr. Reid Oliver." The character's controversial storyline immediately became a fan favorite and garnered Sheffer Stevens widespread recognition. His other recent projects include Julie & Julia and guest spots on The Big C, Body of Proof and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Kevin Rahm (Jack) was most recently seen as a series regular on Desperate Housewives and as a recurring character on Mad Men. His other TV credits include The Mentalist, Three Rivers, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, CSI: NY, Grey's Anatomy, Friends, Ally McBeal, Jesse, Everything's Relative, and Judging Amy. He has appeared in the films Route 30, Alfie, Nurse Betty and several other independents.

Chad L. Coleman (Gary) won critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Dennis ‘Cutty' Wise" on the Peabody Award-winning drama series The Wire. His other television credits include Lie to Me, The Good Wife, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, New Amsterdam, The Forgotten, CSI: Miami, Life on Mars, Numb3rs, Hack, Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order and New York Undercover.

Coleman's film credits include Horrible Bosses, Green Hornet, The Guilded Six Bits, Brother to Brother and Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. He will next be seen in the independent features Confessions of a Call Girl and Life, Love & Soul.

Pilot Plot:

"Pilot" - After Sophie (Kristi Lauren) and MacKenzie (Aisha Dee) lock a student in the school bathroom, Annie (Jaime Pressly) and Nikki (Katie Finneran) must punish their daughters by not allowing them to attend the school dance. On the night of the dance, the mothers try to hold firm on their decision, despite the girls’ best efforts to derail their punishments, while the fathers make the situation worse.
Directed by Andy Ackerman

The second episode was also available for review. It airs on Wednesday, December 7 at 9:30/8:30c.

"Teenage Family Night" - In an effort to reconnect with the girls, Annie reinstates an old tradition of "Family Night," even though the adults are all now divorced. Of course, nothing seems to go right. The girls try to escape, Nikki becomes outraged when she learns that Gary (Chad L. Coleman) is dating someone new and Annie is thrown when Jack (Kevin Rahm) shows up with a hot date.

Analysis:

In the "Pilot" episode, Annie and Nikki are talking about two people and in walk their daughters. Annie says they are mean to them and Nikki says she hates them. Annie makes some french toast for Sophie and asks her to change her clothes to something more appropriate. Nikki tells Gary that he wants Mackenzie to go to the dance in a limo. The next day the moms go to the school to talk to the principal Ms. Diego. They learn that the girls locked Gerard Thompson, a student in a wheelchair, in the girls' bathroom. Annie talks to her ex-husband Matt about Sophie. His brother Jack also joins the conversation. Later that night at Nikki's house, the moms and daughters argue for several hours. Gary and Matt come to the house after receiving some texts. Jack gets some texts from Nikki and brings her some pies. Sophie apologizes to Annie and they leave to go home. After Annie discovers that Nikki allowed Mackenzie to go to the dance, she decdies to let Sohpie go as well. When they discover who Gerard Thompson really is, they decide to punish the girls at the dance.

In the second episode "Teenage Faily Night," Nikki looks at Mackenzie's Facebook page and talks to Annie who also finds Sophie's account. At the coffee shop, the adults talk about their daughters. Annie suggests they have a Family Night to try to reconnect with their daughters. She invites Jack to the night as well. Annie confiscates their cellphones in a bowl. Nikki becomes upset when she learns that Gary is dating again. The daughters are bored and manage to escape, but Annie brings them back to the house. A bass player for Matt's band arrives to audition. Jack shows up with his hot date Dominque. When she thinks she's alone in the kitchen with Nikki, she expresses that she has feelings for Jack.

Fox hasn't had many multi-camera sitcoms on their lineup in recent years, so it's nice to see them give another one a try. This is pretty typical sitcom fare. The pilot is fast-paced with many different scenes and one liners. There are references to Full House, Little House on the Prairie and Dirty Dancing. Wendy McClendon-Covey is funny in her few scenes as Principal Diego. I believe Rosa Blasi played the role in the original pilot, but they reshot it. The final scene at the dance is probably the highlight of the episode.

It can be unusual when the pilot episode is better than the second episode, but I think that's the case here. The second episode focuses more on the adults, with the daughters only minimally involved. There are just fewer laughs. It's a bit more serious of an episode in tone. I think they need to have the right balance of scenes with the parents and daughters like in the pilot. The show could also benefit by having some flashback scenes with Pressly and Finneran. They have some guest stars lined up for future episodes that should be interesting. Guest stars will include Ryan McPartlin, Keegan Allen and Mark Consuelos in a recurring role as teacher-turned crush interest for Annie.

Conclusion:

It has been a banner year for new comedies on the broadcast networks. While I Hate My Teenage Daughter is enjoyable enough, it's really not at the same level quality wise as New Girl, 2 Broke Girls or Suburgatory. The comparison for this new show is Last Man Standing. Both of these shows are watchable, but they both have some room to grow after the first few episodes. There just really isn't much unique about it that really hasn't been done before and some of the jokes seem a bit predictable and forced. This show does have one big thing going for it with Jaime Pressly as the main star. It's a joy to see her on another comedy. She was so funny on My Name Is Earl and won an Emmy for her role. Pressly and Finneran appear to have some good comedic chemistry and have fun here. The rest of the supporting cast aren't really household names. I wasn't very familiar with them, but they do a decent enough job. Kevin Rahm is hilarious as Lee on Desperate Housewives, but he's really not given much to do here and his character isn't nearly as funny.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter has a comfortable timeslot following The X Factor. It should be receive some good sampling the first few weeks. I don't think it will be a breakout or critical hit, but it should generate some respectable ratings. Fox has had mostly single-camera and animated comedies in recent years, so it's nice to see them give a chance to a traditional multi-camera sitcom. This show should be relatable to both parents and teenagers and provide some good laughs. If you are a fan of Jaime Pressly, you will definitely want to check this one out. This is clearly a vehicle for her, since she's in almost every scene.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 3/5
Funniness: 3.5/5
Overall: 3/5

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 11/29/11

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    Preview:






    Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse premiered on Friday (Nov. 25) and drew 3.4 million viewers for its launch on TBS. The original sitcom (well this time a dramedy) is the latest from writer-director-producer Tyler Perry and is based on his Why Did I Get Married? movies. The 10 p.m. premiere of Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse averaged more than 3.3 million viewers, with a demo delivery of 1.8 million adults 18-49. The 10:30 p.m. episode grew to more than 3.4 million viewers, while holding firm with 1.8 million adults 18-49. The series has a 10 episode order, but like the other Tyler Perry series, if it does well they will order a bulk of episodes. The season finale is scheduled for Friday, December 23.
    Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White). Marcus is a former professional football player who has recently partnered with Richard Ellington (Kent Faulcon) and Joseph Jetson (Jason Olive) on a new sports news program called C-Sports Now. Marcus’s business relationship with Richard and Joseph is complicated, however, by the fact that Richard is dating Keisha (Kiki Haynes), Marcus’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his teenage daughter. In addition, Joseph’s girlfriend, successful real estate agent Leslie (Crystle Stewart), is Angela’s best friend, which sometimes makes it difficult for the couples to keep their business and private lives from mingling.
    Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse is produced by Tyler Perry Studios and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. The series airs Friday nights at 10:00pm & 10:30pm on TBS following a two-hour block of House of Payne.

    Come on back tomorrow as we give you the complete information on Antenna TV's Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day marathons!
  • Monday, November 28, 2011

    INSP January 2012 Schedule with Happy Days; Tonight Show Gives A Lucky Member of The Air Force To Appear On Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea?


    Happy Days

    Just last week we told you that Happy Days and Little House on the Prairie are joining the INSP January 2012 schedule, but now we have the full January line-up! We know that Happy Days will be airing weekdays at 6:00pm & 6:30pm ET starting Jan. 2, bit you'll be glad to hear that The Brady Bunch will now air weekdays at 5:00pm & 5:30pm ET as a lead-in! The schedule will start on Monday, Jan. 2 and the line-up will kick-off at 1pm ET with The Waltons every weekday. Then at 2pm ET, it's Wind At My Back. Then at 3pm ET, The Big Valley remains, but its 4pm ET slot will now be the new addition Little House on the Prairie. As mentioned, the sitcoms will air in the 4pm & 6pm ET hours, so Dr. Quinn will be moved to 7pm ET, as Wind At My Back moves to 2pm ET. In primetime, The Waltons remains at 8pm ET, but the second hour will now be Little House on the Prairie at 9pm ET. Then another hour will follow at 10pm ET, leading into Dr. Quinn at 11pm ET, which will remain. And finally for weeknights, The Big Valley remains at 12 midnight and will also gain the 1am ET hour replacing Our House, which will be removed from the schedule for now.
    Moving on to weekends, we mentioned Little House joins the line-up with a New Year's Day marathon on Sunday, Jan. 1, but the following weekend will have some changes. On Saturdays, Little House will be airing at 7pm ET, while Bonanza and The Big Valley remain from 12-2am ET. And finally on Sundays, The Waltons and Little House will air Sundays from 1-3pm ET replacing back-to-back Dr. Quinn. Every other timeslot we have not mentioned is an inspirational, gospel, or other type of series.

    NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno offered its all-military audience on last Wednesday's show (November 23) an opportunity to win a guest role on the upcoming new network comedy Are You There, Chelsea? and current comedy Whitney. Each branch of the military were given an audition and the best performance won a cameo role in an upcoming episode of Are You There, Chelsea? and also a guest role on the Whitney Cummings sitcom Whitney. Whitney Cummings, along with Tonight Show correspondent Ross Matthews, served as the judges for the competition. Cummings replaced Chelsea Handler who was originally supposed to be one of the judges, so with Cummings appearing, they added Whitney to the prize.
    After the competition, the winner was Marcus McGinnis from the Air Force. Marcus will have a speaking guest role on Whitney on an episode this season and will have a cameo on Are You There, Chelsea. Both sitcoms will air back-to-back on Wednesday nights starting Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 from 8-9pm ET on NBC.

    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    Week 10 TV Ratings and Analysis; How the Sitcoms Did

    2011-12 Week 10 TV Ratings (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

    Households: N/A
    Total Viewers: N/A
    Adults 18-49: N/A

    Week 10 (Nov. 21-27) Analysis: Week 10 saw the end of November sweep after Wednesday then the Thanksgiving holiday took over. The first four nights were not available yet due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so we only have final ratings for Monday and Tuesday. We can project the last three nights of sweep has ABC on top in all categories, followed by CBS, Fox and NBC way back in fourth. It's hard to predict what will happen for this week, but perhaps CBS could win the week in all categories as the NFL overrun is with then tonight. ABC should be second in all categories this week but there is a chance they could win the week as well. While, Fox should be third across the board and NBC in fourth in everything even with a an NFL game tonight that might be below normal with the Chiefs and Steelers. As for last week, week 9, CBS beat ABC in HH/viewers for first place. CBS nipped by ABC for first in 18-49 for the week as well. Fox was third in 18-49, while NBC was third in HH/viewers. So, Fox was fourth in HH/viewers and NBC was fourth in 18-49.

    The final Monday of November sweep had CBS on top again in 18-49 and ABC on top in viewers. Starting with ABC, Dancing with the Stars won the total viewer race but it was only on from 8-9pm as the Finals did 19.61 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, up from previous week, even though ABC was preempted in Boston/Kansas City for MNF simulcast. At 9pm the series premiere of game show You Deserve It did 8.55 million but only a 1.7 18-49 rating, possibly the preemptions killed some of its ratings, but not a good start. At 10pm, Castle did 10.85 million and a 2.3 18-49 rating, off a tenth from its previous episode two week prior. For CBS, How I Met Your Mother started it off with 10.01 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down some from previous week, but it has certainly surprised this season. 2 Broke Girls followed with 11.33 million and a 4.6 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. This is still a big hit. At 9pm, a new Two and a Half Men, with new star Ashton Kutcher, did 15.82 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating, down some from previous week in the demo. All the series have gone down two tenths week-to-week this time. A new Mike & Molly followed the huge lead-in and did 13.05 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, down two tenths from the previous week. An all-new Hawaii Five-0 was next doing 10.59 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating, down a half a point from from the previous week. Fox started with the expensive Terra Nova and it did 6.5 million and a series low 2.1 18-49 rating, down from previous week. Not too good. And at 9pm, House looks more and more like this will be its last season as it posted 7.46 million and a 2.5 18-49 rating, on par with previous week. NBC followed with another two-hour The Sing-Off doing only 4.27 million and a 1.4 18-49 rating, up a tenth from previous week. Season finale is tomorrow night. At 10pm, NBC aired a new episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams and it did an embarrassing 3.64 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating, a series low. The CW was new with Gossip Girl doing 1.35 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating, up a tenth week-to-week. At 9pm Hart of Dixie did 1.77 million and a 0.7 18-49 rating each, on par with previous week.

    On Tuesday, ABC took the honors with the finale of Dancing. Bu first, CBS had the juggernaut NCIS opening the night off with 18.5 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating, down a lot from previous week. What happened? Then spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was next and did 14.1 million and 3.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week. And a new Unforgettable did 10.42 million and a 2.2 18-49 rating, down from previous week and a series low. ABC started with new comedy Last Man Standing with Tim Allen leading the night off doing 9.29 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up some from the previous week. Solid and it will be new for the next three weeks still, too. Get on board! Week six of Man Up! was next and it did 6.66 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week and the first time it has gone up. Still needs to do better. Then Dancing with the Stars: The Results Grand Finale followed from 9-11pm with 19.56 million and a 4.1 18-49 rating, of course up big from the previous week, as we crowned J.R. Martinez the champion. Body of Proof was preempted and will be new this week. Fox preempted Glee and the comedies New Girl & Raising Hope for a two-hour The X Factor on a special night and did 9.43 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, below normal. NBC was next with a two-hour The Biggest Loser doing 5.58 million and a 2.0 18-49 rating, down some from the previous week. At 10pm, Parenthood did 4.57 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down some week-to-week. The CW aired a new 90210 that did 1.26 million and a 0.6 18-49 rating, down a tenth week-to-week. Then the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer was preempted for a repeat of Hart of Dixie doing 959,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

    Wednesday it was the last night of sweeps and it had lower ratings because it was Thanksgiving Eve but ABC was on top. We only have prelim ratings due to the Thanksgiving holiday. First, CBS started the night off with Survivor: South Pacific recap show at a prelim 7.85 million and a prelim 1.9 18-49 rating. Veteran drama Criminal Minds was a repeat and did a prelim 8.23 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating. At 10pm, CSI was a repeat too and did a prelim 7.26 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. ABC was all-new with its Laugh On comedy block with a new The Middle doing a prelim 9.09 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, which was barely down in viewers from previous week. Not bad for Thanksgiving Eve. Suburgatory followed at 8:30pm with a solid prelim 8.32 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, and it was actually UP from previous week in viewers. The mega hit Modern Family was next at 9pm and it did a prelim 12.65 million and a prelim 4.5 18-49 rating, down only some in viewers from previous week. At 9:30pm the buzzworthy Happy Endings did a prelim 7.22 million and a prelim 2.7 18-49 rating, yes this was actually up in viewers from previous week, too. At 10pm the new drama Revenge did a prelim 7.24 million and a first place prelim 2.3 18-49 rating. Solid numbers, and only down some from previous week in viewers. Fox aired The X Factor from 8-9pm doing a prelim 8.51 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating, down big from previous week when it was two-hours. The special Mobbed followed at 9pm and just a prelim 4.7 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating. NBC opened the night with a new Up All Night at a prelim 4.33 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating, only down some from previous week in viewers. At 8:30pm, a repeat followed and did just a prelim 2.99 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating, down from previous week's repeat. At 9pm, Harry's Law and Law & Order: SVU were preempted for the special The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? that did only a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.2 18-49 rating from 9-11pm. The CW had a repeat of Top Model leading the night off with a prelim 863,000 viewers and a prelim 0.3 18-49 rating, down some from previous week. Then America's Next Top Model clip show was next at 9pm with a prelim 992,000 viewers and a prelim 0.4 18-49 rating.

    Thursday it was Thanksgiving and nothing really was normal and new for regular series. First, ABC opened the night with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving doing a solid prelim 5.78 million and a prelim 1.8 18-49 rating. At 9pm, Grey's Anatomy was preempted as ABC aired a repeat of The Middle doing a prelim 4.25 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating. Private Practice was also preempted as ABC aired the special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving from 9:30pm-11pm doing a prelim 5.51 million and a solid prelim 1.7 18-49 rating. CBS opened with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at a prelim 11.24 million and a a prelim 3.6 18-49 rating, but keep in mind some of these ratings are NFL ratings in San Francisco. Then, a repeat of Rules of Engagement was next doing a prelim 7.88 million and a prelim 2.4 18-49 rating, also with some NFL in there, so expect the finals to go down. A repeat of Person of Interest followed with a prelim 7.97 million and a prelim 1.7 18-49 rating. A repeat of The Mentalist followed and did a prelim 7.76 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating. Fox preempted The X Factor for the special Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas doing a prelim 6.18 million and a prelim 2.0 18-49 rating. From 8:30pm-9:30pm, Fox aired the special Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown that did a prelim 4.96 million and a prelim 1.6 18-49 rating, as Bones was preempted. NBC preempted its comedies Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and Whitney for the movie Horton Hears a Who that did a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating, but some NFL is in there from Baltimore, so possibly it will go down in finals. NBC's drama bust Prime Suspect was preempted for the special The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that did a prelim 3.69 million and a prelim 1.1 18-49 rating. The CW's big gun Vampire Diaries and new drama The Secret Circle were repeats that did a prelim 992,000 viewers/0.3 18-49 rating and a prelim 776,000 viewers/0.2 18-49 rating.

    Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but Fox won Friday thanks to a Iron Man 2 airing from 8-10:30pm. Specials rules the night, but none did that we.
    Saturday numbers had ABC Saturday Night Football on top by a wide margin, while CBS repeats were a distant second.

    Tonight ABC Sunday is all-new with half of its normal line-up of AFV, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, and Pan Am, as the latter two are preempted for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Look for Once to do great again. NBC will win the night with the NFL with the Chiefs and Steelers, but might be below normal. CBS has its normal line-up of 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, The Good Wife and CSI: Miami, but look for an NFL overrun boosting it. Fox has the animated comedies from 7-10pm, with The Cleveland Show at 7:30pm.

    As for the week (week 10), it's a tough call. Either CBS or ABC will win it. I'm guessing CBS will be first in HH/viewers and maybe ABC is first in 18-49. Fox should be third across the board and battle NBC. As for the coming week (week 11), it's the beginning of repeats and holiday specials but there are still some new showings, so be aware!

    Week 10 How the Sitcoms Did

    Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for Week 9 -- Nov. 14-20)

    • The Simpsons (Fox) - A new episode did 5.77 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, down big from previous week when it had an NFL lead-in.
    • The Cleveland Show (Fox) - The timeslot premiere at 7:30pm just did 3.86 million and a 1.8 18-49 rating. Could be better, but also could have been worse. A repeat was the lead-in at 7pm doing 2.41 million and a 1.0 18-49 rating.
    • Allen Gregory (Fox) - The fourth episode did 3.94 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, down some again from previous week. Back to the movies for Jonah Hill?
    • Family Guy (Fox) - An all-new episode was way below normal again doing 6.02 million and a 3.2 18-49 rating, but up a tenth week-to-week.
    • American Dad! (Fox) - A new showing did 4.82 million and a 2.4 18-49 rating at 9:30pm, on par week-to-week.

    Monday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - An all-new episode did 10.01 million and a 4.4 18-49 rating, down some from the previous week...but still very good.
    • 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - A new airing did 11.33 million a 4.6 18-49 rating, down some as well from the previous week.
    • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 15.82 million and a 5.2 18-49 rating is excellent but also down some from previous week.
    • Mike & Molly (CBS) - With the strong lead-in, a new episode did 13.05 million and a 4.2 18-49 rating, also down two tenths from previous week.

    Tuesday Sitcoms

    • Last Man Standing (ABC) - An all-new episode in the 8pm half-hour did 9.29 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, up some from previous week and very solid.
    • Man Up! (ABC) - Week six of this comedy did 6.66 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, up some from previous week.
    • New Girl (Fox) - preempted.
    • Raising Hope (Fox) - preempted.

    Wednesday Sitcoms
    • The Middle (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 9.09 million and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating on Thanksgiving Eve. Great showing.
    • Suburgatory (ABC) - A prelim 8.32 million tuned in and a prelim 2.5 18-49 rating. Also great showing on this lower rated night.
    • Up All Night (NBC) 2 episodes - A new episode did a prelim 4.33 million and a prelim 1.5 18-49 rating. A repeat followed with a prelim 2.99 million and a prelim 1.0 18-49 rating.
    • Modern Family (ABC) - A prelim 12.65 million and a prelim 4.5 18-49 rating for a new episode on Thanksgiving Eve. Wow.
    • Happy Endings (ABC) - A new episode did a prelim 7.22 million and a prelim 2.7 18-49 rating. What a night for Thanksgiving Eve.

    Thursday Sitcoms

    • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - A repeat did a prelim 11.24 million and a prelim 3.6 18-49 rating! Great for Thanksgiving, but some NFL was mixed in so it should go down some in finals.
    • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - A repeat did a prelim 7.88 million and a prelim 2.4 18-49 rating on Thanksgiving, but some NFL is here too.
    • Community (NBC) - preempted.
    • Parks and Recreation (NBC) - preempted.
    • The Middle (ABC) - A special repeat on Thanksgiving did a prelim 4.25 million and a prelim 1.3 18-49 rating.
    • The Office (NBC) - preempted.
    • Whitney (NBC) - preempted.

    Friday Sitcoms

    • None.

    Saturday Sitcoms

    • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 2 airings - A prelim 2.8 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating at 8, followed by a repeat at 8:30 that did a prelim 2.43 million and a prelim 0.8 18-49 rating.

    Airing tonight (Sunday) are Fox's animated comedies from 7-10pm, including new ones from 7:30-10.

    Summing it up. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, The Middle, Suburgatory, Happy Endings were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as Rules of Engagement, Up All Night) or just plain old terrible (such as Week 9 Allen Gregory).

    Saturday, November 26, 2011

    Digital Digest: Post-Black Friday Deals; Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season DVD Review


    Thanksgiving is done, Black Friday is done, and now all we have to wait for is the beginning of winter and Christmas. But wait! Before that, we've got several more weeks of Digital Digest to go, including today's edition! Today, we've got more news, a look at Tuesday's releases, and a review of Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season. Plus, we've got a few more Digital Bargains to tell you about this weekend. Let's get started!


    DIGITAL NEWS

    It seems like we have new online streaming news every week, and this week, Hulu is in the spotlight! They've recently added some series including The Cosby Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Normal, Ohio, Grounded for Life, Davis Rules, Damon, Whoopi, and others to their streaming lineup. Unfortunately, in looking at The Cosby Show, it is clear that episodes of at least that show are syndicated versions of the episodes. It is unclear which, if any, other series are in their syndicated form.

    MPI appears to be moving ahead on Here's Lucy, with Here's Lucy - Season Five coming February 28 (although there is some indication that this date may be incorrect). Additionally, the third season of My Favorite Martian, which was abandoned by Rhino and picked up by MPI, is reported to be coming in spring 2012, but full details are not known yet.


    DIGITAL BARGAINS

    We're bringing you another edition of Digital Bargains this week, because the Black Friday deals aren't over yet! We'd definitely refer you to last week's Digital Bargains for details of the ongoing (but not for much longer, most will end TODAY) deals, but we have a few updates and additions for you today.

    We begin with Best Buy. As it turns out, there are many great deals there that weren't even reported last week, including some $3.99 season sets! There isn't a whole lot among these, but the highlights are 8 Simple Rules - The Complete Second Season, According to Jim - The Complete Second Season, and According to Jim - The Complete Third Season. At $3.99 per season, there is no reason to pass these up! And the recent Sony complete series sets are dirt cheap too at Best Buy, with Married... With Children - The Complete Series and King of Queens - The Complete Series coming in at $26.99 each! These are all extraordinary deals, with tons more to be found in stores.

    Of course, we also mentioned last week that Big Lots advertised some $6 DVDs for Thanksgiving Day, but those are still in stock at many stores. For the most part, it is all a repeat of last year's deals. In fact, I found nothing new at my local store, just new stock of last year's items. But if you missed out last year, you have another opportunity now to pick up some of these series.

    Finally, we would like to mention a deal that we missed last week, and it is one worth looking in to. Shout! Factory is offering all of their DVDs direct-to-consumer Shout! Select DVDs at 20% off. It is almost unprecedented for them to offer any discounts on these, so if there are some titles that you wanted from that collection, now is the time to get them! The prices are good through November 28, 2011.

    Don't forget, Cyber Monday is coming up, where online retailers will pull out their big deals! Unfortunately, we aren't privy to what these deals will be, and we won't be able to report on them for you here (since Digital Digest won't be back until after they are done), but check out all of the online retailers on Monday, because you may find some great surprises!


    UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

    Tuesday (November 29) has two sitcom releases, with 30 Rock - Season 5 and Hot in Cleveland - Season Two. You can read our reviews here and here. Additionally, we have the DVD debut of Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season. We have a review of this set today in Digital Digest.



    Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season

    Blog DVD Review - Mission: Impossible - The '88 TV Season (CBS DVD, $39.98)

    In the 1960s, Peter Graves starred as Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible, a classic series that continues to have a legacy to this day. And to complete that legacy, the series, like many other series from the 60s, was brought back for a reprisal in 1988 (thanks to a writer's strike where ABC wanted to create a program that recycled old scripts), with Peter Graves once again playing the role of Jim Phelps. With his protégé being murdered in the line of duty, Phelps is determined to do whatever it takes to find the murderer, even if it means coming out of his retirement. And so he does, along with a new team of IMF agents, to take on a series of new missions that seem impossible. It doesn't take long to find the murderer, but with Phelps now comfortable in his new job, he decides to continue with the IMF.

    The series beings with "The Killer," where Jim Phelps is prompted out of retirement after his protégé is murdered. The team tries to turn a high-profile mobster against his boss in "The System." In "Holograms," the team tries to extradite an international drug lord. The team works to free a former IMF agent who was wrongly imprisoned for murder (and scheduled for execution) in "The Condemned." The grandsons of four Nazi officers attempt to create the Fourth Reich in "The Legacy." An international chess tournament is a perfect ruse for IMF agents to get three people in "The Pawn." In "The Haunting," Jim has a hunch as to who is responsible for a string of murders in the US. The IMF has to stop a battle to the death between a prince and his uncle (this almost sounds like The Lion King) in "The Lions."

    The IMF is out to stop a Greek tycoon running a black market drug ring in "The Greek." In "The Fortune," the team has to locate stolen money from a dictator who sought asylum in the United States. There are rumors of a former spy starting his own chemical weapon manufacturing process in "Spy." In "The Devils," the IMF investigates a series of murders surrounding the estate of a member of the English House of Lords. An ex-IMF agent is murdering retired colleagues in "Reprisal," and Jim has to race the clock to prove that it isn't him. The team hunts for the creator of a computer virus capable of sinking naval vessels in "Submarine." The season ends with "Bayou," where a New Orleans jazz club owner is accused of owning a white slavery ring.

    The episodes appear to be unedited, with runtimes as follows:

    Disc 1:
    1. "The Killer" (48:40)
    2. "The System" (47:47)
    3. "Holograms" (47:37)
    4. "The Condemned" (48:10)

    Disc 2:
    5. "The Legacy" (47:44)
    6. "The Wall" (48:07)
    7. "The Cattle King" (47:53)
    8. "The Pawn" (48:38)

    Disc 3:
    9. "The Haunting" (48:39)
    10. "The Lions" (49:12)
    11. "The Greek" (49:09)
    12. "The Fortune" (49:28)

    Disc 4:
    13. "The Fixer" (48:46)
    14. "Spy" (48:18)
    15. "The Devils" (49:18)
    16. "Plague" (49:17)

    Disc 5:
    17. "Reprisal" (49:00)
    18. "Submarine" (48:07)
    19. "Bayou" (49:25)

    The packaging for this set is the pretty standard CBS DVD style packaging, with the standard Viva case. On the cover, we have a large photo of Peter Graves, along with several smaller pictures of the IMF agents. There are more of these photos on the back, along with a brief description of the series. Inside the case, there is a listing of all of the episodes, along with a brief description. There are four discs in the set, with the first four discs containing four episodes each, and the fifth disc containing three episodes. The disc artwork is just a plain gray background with the series logo imprinted on it.

    The menus aren't very exciting, but they are perfectly functional. The main menu on each disc has a large photo of a different character for each disc, and a list of the episodes on the disc, along with a Subtitles option. That is all there is on the menu; not even a Play All option. Once you select an episode, it plays immediately. There are chapters placed within each episode.

    The video and audio quality of this set looks fine, for the most part, but it definitely suffers from the low-production quality of the series. For those who are unaware, even though this series aired on ABC, it was done with a very low budget, and on top of that, all of the episodes were filmed in Australia. The episodes look a bit aged and unrestored, but they haven't really suffered too much. As for the audio quality, it is a very loud and clear stereo track. In fact, many of the episodes actually even have the original ABC stereo logo on them! Each episode contains English subtitles.

    There are no special features to be found on this set. It would have been nice to have heard from some of the production crew, particularly given how this series came about on the heels of a writer's strike and was produced so inexpensively.

    I had no idea what to expect prior to seeing this series (this was my first time ever seeing this version of the series), but it is surprisingly a great series. Many similar series that were reprised in the 80s almost seemed a bit contrived and try to recopy the past a bit too much, but this one is surprisingly fresh for a reprisal, and it amazes me that it didn't do a better job of catching on with fans. The series has a very modern (as in 80s modern) feeling to it and virtually all of the episodes in it have great story lines. The series only ended up lasting two seasons, so hopefully we'll get to see the rest of the series in a follow-up release sometime in 2012. All in all, this is a mission that fans should accept!

    (4/5 stars)

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    CLICK OF THE WEEK

    Museum of Broadcast Communications - We've mentioned this site often throughout our website, but the website for the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago is more than just a promotional website for a museum. While you will find valuable information about the museum (which is currently in the process of moving to a new site after being without a home for a while) on this site, it provides a tremendous amount of content that will keep TV fans occupied for quite some time.

    Among this content, you'll find their Encyclopedia of Television, which contains over 1000 scholarly (yes, scholarly) essays about TV series past and present. You'll find plenty of unique content here, complete with citations. But one of the best parts is the Museum Archives, where you will find 1000s of hours of classic TV, radio, commercials, and more. There is a lot to explore on the website, and we would encourage you to start on the main page... and you may be there for a while!

    That's all for this week. Until next time, keep it digital!

    Friday, November 25, 2011

    2 Broke Girls Gets Special Time On Dec. 12; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of November 28, 2011)


    2 Broke Girls

    As we first broke on Twitter, the CBS freshman sitcom 2 Broke Girls will air at a special time on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8/7 central. It will be an all-new episode, too. A repeat will follow in its regular 8:30pm timeslot. So why is it airing at 8pm on this night? We have two reasons. One is to perhaps test how it does on its own leading off. The second is regularly scheduled How I Met Your Mother premiered on Sept. 19 with two episodes, so it has one more episode aired than the other CBS Monday comedies. It could be a mix of both, but I think it has more to do with Mother having aired an extra episode. Either way, it'll be interesting to see if 2 Broke Girls could match or even do better in the ratings than Mother.


    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 November 28-December 2, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

    Monday, November 28, 2011
    • Kirstie Alley (Cheers/Veronica's Closet) - Watch Kirstie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Damon Wayans, Jr. (Happy Endings) - Catch Damon on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey appears as a musical guest with She & Him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - The legendary Ms. White drops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
    • Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing/Becker/The Bill Engvall Show) - Nancy chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT and later she will be on The Joy Behar Show at 10pm on HLN.
    • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly all week, so check your listings.
    • Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) - Tune in to see Sarah on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
    • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Watch Roseanne on a repeat of The Rosie Show at 7pm on OWN.
    • Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) - Tracey visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) - Melissa sits down with Anderson Cooper for a personal interview on Anderson, so check your local listings.
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011
    • Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried/Action) - Catch Jay on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) - Margaret visits the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty continues to make the rounds on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings and later she will be on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm.
    • Jaime Pressly (I Hate My Teenage Daughter/My Name Is Earl) - Jaime stops by Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm. I Hate My Teenage Daughter premieres on Fox on November 30.
    • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/One Day at a Time) - Valerie drops by ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am and later drops by The Joy Behar Show at 10pm on HLN.
    • Kristen Johnston (The Exes/3rd Rock From the Sun) - Kristen is a guest on The Joy Behar Show at 10pm on HLN. The Exes premieres on TV Land on November 30.
    • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
    • Richard Lewis (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Anything But Love) - Richard chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    • Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show/Cosby/The Bill Cosby Show) - Watch the legendary Mr. Cosby on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally) - Raini (the older sister of Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez) is a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC. Austin & Ally premieres on the Disney Channel on December 2.
    • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - The Emmy winner Jim drops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
    • Jeremy Piven (Entourage/The Ellen Show) - Jeremy chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT and later he will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
    • Jaime Pressly (I Hate My Teenage Daughter/My Name Is Earl) - Jaime appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
    • Kristen Johnston (The Exes/3rd Rock From the Sun) - Kristen continues to make the rounds on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
    • Lisa Kudrow (Friends) - Lisa appears on a repeat of The Rosie Show at 7pm on OWN.
    • Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing/Becker/The Bill Engvall Show) - Nancy cooks on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT-CT.
    • Doris Day (The Doris Day Show) - Doris is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
    • Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) - Tracey continues to make the rounds on Anderson, so check your local listings.
    Thursday, December 1, 2011
    • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) - Catch the Emmy winner Melissa on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
    • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey appears as a musical guest with She & Him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
    • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda is a guest on a repeat of The Rosie Show at 7pm on OWN.
    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell) - Mark-Paul visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    Friday, December 2, 2011
    • Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) - Watch Ana on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Maya Rudolph (Up All Night) - Maya stops by NBC's Today between 7-9am. Then she appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings. Finally, she visits Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
    • Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire) - Brett is a guest on a repeat of The Rosie Show at 7pm on OWN.
    Leave us comments on our message board or Tweet/Facebook us to let us know what you think of this Friday feature! We do listen!

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    2011 Thanksgiving TV Marathons On TV This Holiday Weekend


    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We thank you for visiting us on this special day and every other day, all-year. We also are very thankful that you all will continue to visit every single day and making this blog a continued huge success. We get thousands of visitors every day (even on weekends). So, we thank you for the growth each year! It is simply amazing and I can't believe it has been over 6 years now of posting on this blog every single day no matter what! No days off!

    Before we let you all go back to your families (or special friends), we want to let you know the marathons on TV you and your family might want to watch during the day and after Thanksgiving dinner. We love TV marathons and you all come here on each holiday to see what marathons are airing, so as always we will do that today, too, of course!

    Three's Company

    We have told you about many of the sitcom related marathons already in our regular news stories. Our pick of the weekend is the Three's Company marathon today (Thanksgiving Day) from 1pm-1am ET on Antenna TV! Non-stop laughter with episodes featuring all three blondes--Chrissy, Cindy and Terri. TV Land has its annual Overstuffed Weekend with a marathon of The Andy Griffith Show on Thanksgiving Day from 8am-6:30pm. The fun continues all weekend long with a marathon of Hot in Cleveland. Nick at Nite has a Friends marathon that started last night and will run through Sunday night, all-night long. BET and Centric have sitcom marathons today through Sunday. Centric will feature a Proud Family marathon today from 9am-6am, while sister network BET will feature a My Wife & Kids marathon from 8am-6pm. BET then will air a marathon of original sitcom Read Between the Lines from 6pm-1am tonight. On to Friday, BET has The Parkers marathon from 8am-12am, while Centric will present a Sister, Sister marathon from 9am-6am. Then the weekend will feature a Steve Harvey Show marathon on Centric, while BET will have a marathon of Everybody Hates Chris on Saturday and Bernie Mac on Sunday. MTV2 will feature a Martin marathon today from 3pm-9pm. And New York City is lucky to have a marathon again of The Odd Couple today on WPIX from 11am-5pm! So yeah we told you about all these already either recently or many moons ago.

    We didn't get a chance to mention IFC's Arrested Development Thanksgiving Day marathon airing today from 6am-6am. Tomorrow they will also feature a Malcolm in the Middle marathon but from 6pm-10pm. TV Guide Channel will present a Designing Women marathon today from 3pm-8pm, following Thanksgiving episodes of their various series from 11am-3pm. While MTV2 has a Martin marathon, TV One will feature an earlier marathon from 6am-4pm. TBS has a Tyler Perry marathon tomorrow starting at 9:30am with his movies, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, along with new series For Better or Worse. GMC on Saturday will feature its regular Sister, Sister and 227 blocks, but a Cosby marathon will follow from 4pm-7pm. And Oxygen has a Roseanne marathon from 7am-7pm. There are a lot of sitcom marathons this season!

    Non-sitcom wise, we told you about SOAPnet's Walker Family Thanksgiving Marathon with a marathon of Brothers & Sisters today from 5pm-1am. ION Television has a Criminal Minds marathon tomorrow from 4pm-3am. INSP has marathon of The Big Valley tomorrow. For things we haven't told you yet, USA Network will have a NCIS marathon today starting at 10am, while a Bones marathon airs on TNT from 10am-8pm, followed by CSI: NY in primetime from 8pm-2am. Other notables for Thanksgiving Thursday include a Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon on BBC America starting at 8am, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon on Chiller from 6am-4pm, a Firefly marathon on Saturday on Science Channel, and a The Waltons marathon on GMC from 12pm-11pm. We also have a Deal or No Deal marathon on GSN from 8am-12am, a Law & Order: Criminal Intent marathon on Oxygen from 7pm-2am, American Guns marathon on Discovery Channel, Top Chef marathon on Bravo from 6am-12pm, Cake Boss marathon on TLC, Supernanny marathon on style, and many many movies marathons on networks like ABC Family, Chiller, Cloo, Lifetime, ReelzChannel, and Syfy's James Bond Movies marathon. VS. has a Rocky movie marathon.
    Check out more TV marathons on Thanksgiving weekend, from our friends at TV Tango!

    And don't forget classic holiday specials, as tonight at 8pm on ABC the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs. It's an annual tradition to watch! Can't get enough of old Chuck! If you haven't seen it already, view our 2011 Network TV Holiday Specials and Movies Guide, so you don't miss anything on network TV this holiday season. This morning & Friday morning, watch MeTV for the "MeTV Merry-Thon" special. Classic cartoons, including Casper's Haunted Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy and A Snow White Christmas will air. And also view our ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule, because that is the place to be as always during the holiday season with classics like A Flintstone Christmas and Mickey's Christmas Carol and soooooooooo many more!

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    2011 Network TV Holiday Specials; NBC Picks-Up Full Season of Grimm, Adds 2 More Up All Night Episodes


    Can you believe the holiday season is nearing? Thanksgiving is um tomorrow, which means Christmas is right around the corner! And then it will be 2012 already a week after Christmas. Time flies! Anyway as I mentioned, I have put together our annual network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW) holiday specials list that we all like to watch every year like Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas, new classics like Shrek the Halls and Disney Prep & Landing and we even get some all-new specials like Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty Vs. Nice. Sure the network holiday line-ups are not as detailed as some cable networks like ABC Family, but the main holiday specials are still on network television! These are just actual holiday related specials and movies, not movies or specials airing during the holiday season on broadcast network television, kicking it off tomorrow with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on ABC:

    Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

    ABC
    Thursday, Nov. 24, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/This is America Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers
    Thursday, Nov. 24, 9:30-11pm: A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (NEW!)
    Monday, Nov. 28, 8-9pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) and Shrek the Halls
    Thursday, Dec. 1, 8-9pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
    Thursday, Dec. 1, 9-11pm ET: CMA Country Christmas (NEW!)
    Monday, Dec. 5, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice (NEW!)
    Thursday, Dec. 8, 8-9pm: Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls (NEW!)
    Thursday, Dec. 8, 9-10pm: America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular (NEW!)
    Monday, Dec. 12, 8-9pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
    Thursday, Dec. 15, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas/Charlie Brown Christmas Tales plus seven-minute short from Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa
    Saturday, Dec. 17, 8-9pm: Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls ENCORE
    Saturday, Dec. 17, 9-11pm: CMA Country Christmas ENCORE
    Sunday, Dec. 18, 7-8pm: America's Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular ENCORE
    Sunday, Dec. 18, 9-11pm: ABC Sunday Movie of the Week: The Santa Clause 3 - The Escape Clause
    Monday, Dec. 19, 8-9pm: Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special and A Chipmunk Christmas (Both NEW! to ABC)
    Thursday, Dec. 22, 8-9pm: Disney Prep & Landing and Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice ENCORE
    Thursday, Dec. 22, 9-10pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown ENCORE
    Friday, Dec. 23, 8-9pm: Shrek the Halls ENCORE and Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation
    Friday, Dec. 23, 9-10pm: Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs Nice and Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special ENCORES
    Saturday, Dec. 24, 8pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) ENCORE
    Saturday, Dec. 24, 8:30-11pm: ABC Thursday Movie of the Week: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
    Monday, Dec. 27, 8-9pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year
    Thursday, Dec. 29, 8-9pm: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown/She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
    Saturday, Dec. 31, 8-10pm New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party (NEW!)
    Saturday, Dec. 31, 10-11pm Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012 (NEW!)
    Saturday, Dec. 31, 11:30pm-2:11am Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012, Parts 1 and 2 (NEW!)
    For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on ABC, view our schedule.

    CBS:
    Friday, Nov. 25, 8-9pm: Hoops & Yo-Yo Ruin Christmas and Elf on a Shelf: An Elf's Story (NEW!)
    Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8-9pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Friday, Dec. 9, 8-9pm: Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns
    Friday, Dec. 9, 9-10pm: Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus and Elf on a Shelf: An Elf's Story ENCORE
    Saturday, Dec. 10, 8-9pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ENCORE
    Saturday, Dec. 10, 9-10pm: The Flight Before Christmas
    Saturday, Dec. 17, 8-9pm: Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns ENCORES
    Saturday, Dec. 17, 9-10pm: The Story of Santa Claus
    Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8-9pm: 13th Annual Home for the Holidays
    For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on CBS, view our schedule.

    NBC:
    Friday, Nov. 24, 10-11pm: The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NEW!)
    Saturday, Nov. 26, 8-9pm: The 85th Anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ENCORE
    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8-9pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NEW!)
    Saturday, Dec. 3, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life
    Monday, Dec. 5, 8-10pm: The Sing-Off Holiday Special (NEW!)
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8-9pm: A Michael Buble Christmas (NEW!)
    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 9-11pm: Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas
    Saturday, Dec. 24, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life ENCORE
    For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on NBC, view our schedule.

    Fox:
    Thursday, Nov. 24 8-9:30pm: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and Happiness is Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (NEW!)
    Friday, Dec. 16 8-9pm: Happiness is Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown ENCORE
    Wednesday, Dec. 28, 8:30pm: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas ENCORE
    For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on Fox, view our schedule.

    The CW:
    Friday, Nov. 25 8-10pm: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer and Olive, The Other Reindeer
    Wednesday, Nov. 30 8-9pm: A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa (NEW! to The CW)
    Friday, Dec. 23 8-10pm: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer and Olive, The Other Reindeer ENCORE
    For other non-holiday related movies and specials airing during the holiday season on The CW, view our schedule.


    NBC has picked-up a full season of the new Friday drama Grimm. The series has surprisingly done decently for a Friday, either winning its time period or coming in second place over its four airings to date. As a result, NBC has picked-up a full 22 episode season for the series. NBC will also air an all-new episode on a special night and time on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10pm to try and expand its audience and drive more tune-in to its regular Friday airings. The series has averaged about a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in live+same day data.
    Also at NBC, two more episodes of new comedy Up All Night have been ordered, bringing the number of episodes from 22 to 24. The single-camera starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph was picked up for a full season early last month, as we mentioned. The series will be moving to Thursdays after The Office starting January 11. After a decent start, the comedy has plunged in the ratings but NBC will give it a boost by moving it to another night and time. Will it work? We shall see.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    INSP Acquires Happy Days, Little House; The Yule Log Celebrates 45 Years on WPIX, To Air On Many Stations


    Happy Days

    INSP has acquired the rights to air the classic sitcom Happy Days and the family drama Little House on the Prairie. Both programs will start airing in January, 2012. The new programming kicks off with the Little House on the Prairie "Premiere Marathon" on New Year's Day (Sunday, Jan. 1) starting at 1pm. We'll have more on its regular timeslots at a later date. One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock...jukeboxes...sock hops....poodle skirts...rockin' and rollin' all week long, those Happy Days are here again – on INSP starting Monday, Jan. 2! Fonz and the gang will join the weekday line-up on Jan. 2, airing weeknights at 6pm. These two series will join the INSP schedule that already consists of classics like The Brady Bunch, Our House, The Big Valley, The Waltons, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. All of those series are still expected to remain on the schedule, but we will bring you that full January 2012 schedule as soon as INSP is ready to announce it! So hang tight, but get ready for these two classics!

    Elsewhere on INSP, this holiday season they will showcase many holiday episodes from their series. First, "The Young Whippersnapper Marathon" airs Friday, November 25, 2011 (Black Friday) from 2PM-2AM and will feature Regis Philbin, William Shatner, Richard Dreyfus, Adam West and MORE in The Big Valley: Young Whippersnappers Marathon. The Waltons: The Children's Carol will air on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT and again on Friday, December 23 at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT. You can also catch Christmas episodes from the other INSP series on Thursday, December 22 starting with The Waltons at 1:30pm, then The Brady Bunch, The Big Valley, Dr. Quinn, and Our House in their normal time periods. A Wind At My Back Christmas airs on Sunday, December 11 at 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT, Sunday, December 11 at 12 midnight ET/9:00pm PT, and Friday, December 23 at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT. And finally, movies airing this holiday season are The Man Who Saved Christmas, The Christmas Box, The Christmas Secret, A Town Without Christmas, An Avonlea Christmas, and The Perfect Gift.
    Stay with us for further updates on INSP, including more on the January 2012 schedule. Sit on it and stay with us!


    It wouldn't be a holiday in New York without the PIX11 Yule Log! The Yule Log, the famous film loop of a burning log in a hearth, has warmed the hearts of viewers since it debuted on WPIX in 1966. To celebrate the fabled fire stick's 45th anniversary, WPIX-11 will air The Yule Log (available in HD) from 9am-1pm on Christmas morning, Sunday, December 25, 2011. Viewers can follow the Yule Log on Twitter @PIXYULELOG and become a fan of the Official Yule Log on Facebook (PIXYuleLog). Log merchandise (including "Nice Log!" and "That's HOT!" boxer shorts) can be found at CafePress.
    In recent years, The Yule Log has been digitally re-mastered and fully restored. In 2001 the original film was color corrected and cleaned. In 2003, the Log was up-converted to High Definition and PIX11 now airs The Yule Log in HD. In 2006, to celebrate the Log's 40th anniversary, Lawrence F. "Chip" Arcuri and Joe Malzone, the creators of theyulelog.com, restored the audio of The Yule Log and in 2009, with the assistance of "Chip" Arcuri, PIX11 added a new fourth hour to the program, including 23 classic holiday songs. The fourth hour leads off with Mantovani's interpretation of Adeste Fideles, a classic that aired on the Yule Log in the late 1960's, now restored back to the program. The new hour adds 9 artists including Bert Kaempfert, Mitch Miller, Bing Crosby, Vic Damone and Johnny Mathis.

    Not in NY? That's fine! In addition, the PIX11 Yule Log will be airing on the following Tribune Broadcasting Stations on December 25: WXIN/Indianapolis 6-10am, WGN/Chicago 2-5am, WPHL/Philadelphia 7a-11am, WDCW/DC 11:30a-1:30p, KZJO/Seattle 7a-11am, WSFL/Miami 9-11am, WPMT/Harrisburg 5-10am, and WXMI/Grand Rapids 11-11:30am. KRCW/Portland: Universal Sports/NRCW/32.3 will air the Yule Log for 24 hours straight, starting at midnight on Saturday, December 24 and ending at midnight at the end of the holiday on December 25. KTXL/Sacramento will air the Yule Log on their digital subchannel 40.2 beginning at 8pm on Saturday, December 24 through 8am on Sunday, December 25. And nationally you can watch it on Antenna TV from 3-7am ET.

    Also of note WPIX, will air the classic film March of the Wooden Soldiers on Sunday, Dec. 25 from 1-3pm following The Yule Log. Before all that, on Christmas Eve, WPIX will air a Christmas episode of The Odd Couple at 11pm leading into a Christmas episode of The Honeymooners at 11:30pm. What better way to wait up for Santa! And finally, on Sunday, December 31 starting at 11pm, it will be PIX11's Annual Honeymooners Marathon with 19 hours (38 episodes) of non-stop fun! More info will be coming on this soon, so stay with us! To the moon!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    ABC Midseason 2012 Schedule; Watch TV Land's The Exes Before It Premieres; Arrested Development Returns In 2013 With New Episodes On Netflix




    Work It

    Late on Friday ABC announced most of its midseason 2012 schedule. We already knew that The Bachelor is returning on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 to kick-off the midseason line-up, but now we know much more. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, ABC will premiere new multi-camera sitcom Work It at 8:30pm following Tim Allen's Last Man Standing at 8pm. Work It will be replacing Man Up!, which will not be moving forward after its 13 episode order. It is unclear if all 13 will end up airing, but as of now 8 are scheduled to air with the eighth one scheduled for Dec. 6. Should ABC decide to burn the rest of them off in December, eleven episodes should air so two would still remain to be aired. We'll keep an eye on this of course and let you know. Back to midseason, also on Tuesday, Jan. 3, ABC will air a celebrity version of Wife Swap titled Celebrity Wife Swap on Tuesdays at 9pm in January. Six episodes were ordered, but as of now only 4 will air, as one week in late January will be the State of the Union. Come Tuesday, Feb. 7, ABC will premiere the much anticipated new drama The River at 9pm for seven weeks (eight episodes, so one week will be two-hours). Promos for the drama have started and have been airing all weekend, so watch that here. The drama will be keeping the timeslot warm for Dancing with the Stars: The Results when it returns Tuesday, March 27 (more info on this below).

    ABC will have a winter edition of Wipeout ready to go starting Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8pm (in addition to the Deck the Balls holiday episode airing on Dec. 8). About eight episodes have been ordered, but it will be scheduled for ten weeks, so a repeat or preemption will be in there. Starting Thursday, March 15, the timeslot will be given to new drama Missing starring Ashely Judd. The new drama has an episode order for 10 episodes, so it will air for the rest of the season. Moving on to Fridays, ABC will air an all-new season of the hit reality series Shark Tank on Friday nights at 8pm starting Friday, Feb. 3, as 13 episodes were ordered (ten with Mark Cuban as a shark). We assume Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be trimmed down to an hour and will air at 9pm, but we're still confirming that. ABC also has new episodes of the popular series Primetime: What Would You Do? they can air sometime this midseason. On to Sundays, ABC has ordered an extra episode of Pan Am, so 14 episodes will air this season and it remains in contention for a second season, though we won't know its fate until upfront. The freshman drama will air through February (finale likely on Feb. 19), with new drama GCB starring Leslie Bibb and Kristin Chenoweth starting Sunday, March 4 at 10pm. ABC has ordered 10 episodes of this drama and will air it through May 6 likely, with the Desperate Housewives series finale event likely happening on May 13. Promos for this new drama has been airing randomly this fall, watch it here.

    Finally, as mentioned earlier, Dancing with the Stars will return for season 14 this March. The performance show premiere will be Monday, March 19 from 8-10pm, after The Bachelor concludes its run. As always in the spring, the first results show won't be until eight days later, with the results show premiering on Tuesday, March 27 at 9pm. ABC hasn't announced yet what will air at 10pm on Tuesdays in the spring, but in a vote of confidence, sophomore drama Body of Proof has been given three more episodes, bringing its episode total to 20 for the season. The drama should finish its run though by mid-March, but then an unscheduled series should be airing. Premiere dates for the unscheduled Cougar Town, Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23, Scandal, Primetime: What Would You Do? and Secret Millionaire will be announced at a later date, so stay tuned. So where will these be scheduled is the question. Read my thoughts on where these series will likely be ending up. Cougar Town's third season will now be 15 episodes though rather than 22, because of so many series ABC has ordered. ABC also has the four-hour miniseries event Titanic ready to air in the spring in conjunction to the 100th anniversary of the ship's crash. And finally, ABC has a sitcom pilot they are taping next month that could be a player for them this spring. It's a new multicamera sitcom starring Kirstie Alley titled The Manzanis. Should it be picked-up, it could be paired with Tim Allen's Last Man Standing when Work It finishes up its 13 episode run.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
    Read more about the ABC midseason 2012 schedule that was announced and stay with us for further information as soon as we get it!


    The Exes

    Yahoo! TV has an exclusive first look at the full premiere episode of the upcoming TV Land original sitcom The Exes before it airs! TV Land is poised to launch this new comedy starring veteran actors Donald Faison (Scrubs), Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun) and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) about starting over after a divorce.
    The Exes centers on Stuart (David Alan Basche), a newly divorced man whose divorce attorney, Holly (Johnston), helps him move in with two other divorced guys, Phil (Faison) and Haskell (Knight). Holly's assistant, Eden (Kelly Stables), keeps an eye on Holly's work schedule -- and personal life. Oh, and did we mention Holly is also the landlord of the guys' building and lives right across the hall? Let the old-school sitcom hi-jinks ensue!
    See the premiere in its entirety before it premieres ob TV Land on Wednesday, November 30 (at 10:30pm following the third season premiere of Hot in Cleveland) only on Yahoo! TV.

    Arrested Development

    As we broke on Digital Digest, in a landmark deal, all-new episodes of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series Arrested Development will be coming exclusively to Netflix for its U.S. members to watch instantly, beginning in the first half of 2013. For the first time in their histories, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce original first-run entertainment content for the world's leading internet subscription service, bringing back the acclaimed series to production on all-new episodes five years after its cancellation on Fox. One of Time Magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME," the tale of the formerly wealthy, deeply eccentric Bluth clan aired for three seasons, 2003-2006, on Fox and was honored with the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series after its first season on the air.
    The Emmy-winning comedy had its final broadcast on February 10, 2006 and concerned Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat). Henry Winkler and Scott Baio also appeared on the series. We will have more on this as we get near 2013, but the Bluths are coming back!
    Sitcoms Airing Tonight (Sunday, April 20)

    Bob's Burgers - "Ambergris" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT)
    Gene, Louise, and Tina discover a seaweed-covered object at the beach that turns out to be a large hunk of Ambergris - an extremely valuable, but illegal, by-product of whale poop that is used in high-end perfumes. But Louise tries to cheat Gene and Tina out of the profit she hopes to make by selling the treasure on the black market. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda deal with their psychologically unstable landlord who is building them a new bathroom.

    American Dad - "Poltergasm" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Francine's "Poltergasm" starts to haunt the Smith household when she is unsatisfied by Stan in the sack, and Roger must conjure a medium named Zelda Rubinstein to help eliminate the ghost. Meanwhile, Hayley introduces her new boy-toy, Mauricio (guest voice Diego Luna), to the family.

    The Simpsons - "Married to the Blob" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Comic Book Guy realizes his comics are nothing if he can't share them with anyone. Then he meets Kumiko, a Japanese woman writing an autobiographical manga, and he seeks out Homer's advice on how to date her, ending happily for everyone.

    Family Guy - "Life of Brian" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Stewie and Brian travel back to 17th century Jamestown, via Stewie's time machine, they encounter too many close calls with altering the course of mankind. Stewie decides to destroy his time machine, but immediately regrets his decision when an unthinkable event happens and he is unable to go back in time.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 21) (All times Eastern unless noted)

    Monday, April 21

    • Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends) - Watch Courteney The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Jimmie "J.J." Walker (Good Times) - Jimmie appears on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Billy Bob Thornton (Hears Afire) - Billy Bob is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • George Lopez (Saint George/George Lopez) - George stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher) - Ari visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon is a guest on @midnight at midnight on Comedy Central.
    • Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother/Full House) - Bob is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.
    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock from the Sun) - Joseph appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Gillian Jacobs (Community) - Tune in to see Gillian on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
    • Paul Scheer (The League) - Paul is a guest on a repeat of The Pete Holmes Show at midnight on TBS.
    • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher drops by The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Brooklyn Decker, Majandra Delfino and Zoe Lister-Jones (Friends with Better Lives) - The women of Friends with Better Lives are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Zoe will also be on Pop Sugar Now on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.
    • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andre will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
    • Kirstie Alley (Kirstie/Veronica's Closet/Cheers) - Kirstie throws down a figure-friendly chicken dinner on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Ted Lange (The Love Boat) - Ted is a guest on a repeat of The Better Show, so check your local listings.
    • Brittany Daniel (The Game/That '80s Show) - Brittany shares her story of triumph over non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Beau Bridges (The Millers) - Beau appears on The Queen Latifah Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
    • Toni Collette (United States of Tara) - Toni will be on HuffPost Live.
    • Thomas Haden Church (Wings) - Thomas is a guest on HuffPost Live.
    • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/Hot Properties/The Knights of Prosperity) - Sofia visits ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
    • James Van Der Beek (Friends with Better Lives/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - James will be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
    • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly hosts the Plugged In panel on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
    • Christine Lakin Step by Step) - Christine will be on Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 at 10am all this week.