Monday, March 19, 2012
The Hub TV network, a destination for kids and their families, will add fan-favorite classic sitcoms Sabrina The Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life and Mork & Mindy, as we previously announced, to the network's lineup beginning Monday, April 2 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET, with encore presentations in late night and on weekends. The popular half-hour series will be presented back-to-back, Mondays through Thursdays. With strong and devoted fan bases for all three of the shows, the newly acquired series build on The Hub's successful strategy of presenting programming based on beloved properties in the kids and family entertainment space.
So what does the addition of these three sitcoms mean for the other sitcoms that they currently air? We can report that no sitcom will be leaving the line-up totally. A few will be reduced a bit, but everything will still air! Starting off with Mon-Thurs, following these three sitcoms will be Happy Days moving a half-hour later to 10:30pm. At 11pm, will now be Laverne & Shirley, also airing a half-hour later. Batman has been a big hit for the network and will remain at 11:30pm (and will also still air in the slot on Fridays, too). From 12-2am the animation break will continue with classic Transformers, classic G.I. Joe, the new Transformers Prime and then the live-action Goosebumps. From 2-3am will still be an encore of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? from 8-9pm. From 3am-6am, we have an encore of 9pm-12am with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Batman. So with the addition of three new shows, this means The Wonder Years, Family Ties and Doogie Howser M.D. are off of the Mon-Thurs line-up. But not to fear, they will still air on weekends!
On Friday nights, as mentioned, Batman will continue to air at 11:30pm leading into classic Transformers and classic G.I. Joe. Then the Friday and Saturday night schedule will be the same in late night. From 1-2am, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids will now air on both nights. Then at 2am, an airing of Doogie Howser M.D. will air leading into Family Ties at 2:30am. From 3-4am will now be an airing each of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. From 4-5am will now be back-to-back The Wonder Years leading into an hour of Batman from 5-6am.
And finally, moving on to Sunday nights. The primetime line-up from Mon-Thurs will also air on Sunday nights now! So that's Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Batman from 9pm-12am. From 12-2am on Sunday nights will be back-to-back episodes of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Then at 2am, like on Friday and Saturday nights, an airing of Doogie Howser M.D. will air leading into Family Ties at 2:30am. From 3-4am, like on Friday and Saturday nights, will now be an airing each of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. Unfortunately The Wonder Years will not air on Sunday nights in the 4am hour as Hub originals will air.
This is the first major schedule change for the sitcom line-up for The Hub since it started. While three new shows are joining, it is good that no sitcoms are leaving. We hope they continue to bring in sitcoms for years to come. The Hub is not a sitcom network, so it is nice that they give us some in primetime and late night. For fans of The Wonder Years, Family Ties and Doogie Howser M.D., maybe these will be back to primetime in the next change, but for now watch them on weekend late nights. Stay with us for further updates as we get them.
Moving on, TV Land has re-acquired its classic western Gunsmoke. The contract expired at the end of last August, as we mentioned, but now they will bring it back starting TODAY! The classic western will begin today Monday, March 19, 2012 airing weekdays at approx. 1pm and 2pm (time is approximate due to TV Land's off-the-clock schedule). The two-hours will replace an hour of Murder, She Wrote and Bonanza. But not to worry, Murder, She Wrote will remain airing weekdays at 8am, while Bonanza will air for three airings a day from approx. 3-6pm. The only other schedule change will be also in daytime. The second hour of The Andy Griffith Show will now be another hour of M*A*S*H from approx. 12-1pm. Andy will continue to air from approx. 11am-12pm, while M*A*S*H will still air in the evenings from approx. 6-8pm.
There are no other changes to the schedule, but the return of Gunsmoke is big news as it has been a staple on their schedule since the start of the network in 1996. It looks like it must have been missed on the afternoon line-up for the last six months.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Tuesday, March 28
The Middle - "Look Who's Not Talking" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Although excited about finding a new discount store that sells oddly shaped fruits and vegetables, Frankie is devastated when Axl refuses to talk to her or even answer her texts after inadvertently admitting how she feels about April in front of him. Meanwhile, Brick develops a new quirky tick in the form of a repetitive phrase and lands in detention, and Brad surprises Sue by coming out for a weekend visit at her college.
American Housewife - "Surprise" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Oliver tells his parents that he’s so embarrassed by their modest house that he’d rather not have a birthday party at all. Katie decides to teach him a lesson by ambushing him with a surprise party at home with all his wealthy friends.
American Housewife - "The Man Date" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Greg is delighted to finally have made a friend in Westport, fellow history buff Stan (guest star Timothy Omundson), but Katie isn’t as happy, especially since Stan is married to her nemesis, Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair).
Fresh Off the Boat - "The Taming of the Dads" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Eddie reluctantly agrees to take Alison to the see a modern remake of Romeo and Juliet. But when Louis and Alison’s dad bond over their love of Shakespeare and crash their date, Alison wonders if she and Eddie’s relationship has lost its spark. Meanwhile, Jessica gets called for jury duty and campaigns to be the “Jury Boss,” and Emery and Evan struggle with the responsibilities of raising a Tamagotchi digital pet.
New Girl - "San Diego" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Jess continues to stay with her dad (guest star Rob Reiner) in Portland, they unexpectedly help one another with their love lives. Meanwhile, Nick turns to a reluctant Aly for help with his relationship with Reagan, and Schmidt contemplates using his first name.
The Mick - "The Bully" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The tables are turned when a cyber bully targets Sofia, leading Mickey to come up with a plan for revenge. Meanwhile, Jimmy teaches Chip and Ben how to be self-sufficient, resulting in a painful disaster.
Trial & Error - "Right-Hand Man" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
A new piece of evidence emerges that leads Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) an unlikely, and dangerous, new suspect: Larry's (John Lithgow) brother-in-law, Jeremiah Jefferson Davis. Meanwhile, the case takes another turn when the search for the murder weapon leads Dwayne (Steven Boyer) to find a dismembered human arm.
Trial & Error - "Secrets & Lies" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) focuses on his new suspect, Larry (John Lithgow) insists on taking a lie-detector test to help prove his innocence, but the results drop a bombshell on the case and the family. Dwayne (Steven Boyer) briefly becomes a hometown celebrity as the man who found an arm in the lake, and the team gets a surprising new benefactor.
The Detour - "The Heat" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The Parkers settle into a seemingly normal New York City routine but are being surveilled by federal agents who see more than they had suspected they would see.
Mann & Wife - "Take Me to the Mann" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The new Lieutenant arrives at the precinct, and everyone soon learns that she and Hobbs have a romantic past; A cable installer confuses Toni for singer Tamela Mann.
Mann & Wife - "Pressured by the Mann" (Bounce TV, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Toni faces a moral dilemma when the administrators at her school decide to change the students' standardized test results; Hobbs' mother brings her new fiance for a visit.
Tuesday, March 28
- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Catch Alec on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) - Jason is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Hank Azaria (The Simpsons/Free Agents/Herman's Head) - Hank visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam drops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Judy Greer (Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
- Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke reveals what it’s really like being a child star, plus, the truth behind her struggles with anxiety and depression on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
- Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time/Four Kings) - Todd appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard talks about Shots Fired on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
- George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy/Reba) - Melissa share her recipe for Mexican pizza on People Now at 8:30am.
- Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) and Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Jenna and Rachel talk about Imaginary Mary on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
- Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton talks about Younger on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.