Monday, June 25, 2012

Antenna TV's 4th of July Gidget Marathon; Nick at Nite Adds All That, Kenan & Kel, Drops Brady Bunch

Gidget
Celebrate the 4th of July with Gidget as she celebrates Independence Day with life, liberty and the pursuit of boys. Antenna TV, which airs on 65 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 60% of TV households, will air a "Gidget Independence Day" marathon beginning at 7am ET on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 and running through 7am ET on Thursday, July 5. The 24-hour marathon will feature all 32 episodes from the 1965-66 series starring Sally Field from 11am-3am ET, as well as feature films, Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) at 7am & 3am ET and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) at 9am & 5am ET. The films do not star Sally Field, as the Hawaiian one stars Deborah Walley and the Rome one stars Cindy Carol. Both films were sequels to the original 1959 film starring Sandra Dee. All three films were before the TV series. After the TV series ended, there were two ABC TV movies - Gidget Grows Up (1969) and Gidget Gets Married (1972) - and a new syndicated series - The New Gidget (1985), which was spun-off of the TV movie Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985) - but Antenna TV will not be airing any of those.
The 1965-66 series only lasted one season on ABC but it has still popped-up in syndication, often paired with Sally Field's other comedy, The Flying Nun. In fact Antenna TV airs both series every Saturday afternoons from 1-3pm ET.

In a last minute schedule change, Nick at Nite has added All That and Kenan & Kel to its line-up beginning tonight. The two classic '90s Nickelodeon comedies will air in the 8pm hour to try and give a better lead-in to Nick at Nite's new original telenovela Hollywood Heights, which airs weeknights at 9pm. The original series has struggled in the ratings thus far and Nick at Nite is trying to give it a more compatible lead-in than Friends, which was airing in the 8pm hour. Friends was airing 8-9pm and 11pm-12am, but now it will air in a two-hour block from 11pm-1am. This means George Lopez is out of the midnight hour and only air approx. 4am & 4:30am. Yes, Dear remains in the 10pm hour out of Hollywood Heights. Also of note, Nick at Nite will remove the '70s classic sitcom The Brady Bunch effective tonight after a month of airing and replace it with The Nanny, which returns to weeknights on Nick at Nite during the 5am hour.
Stay tuned for further updates, as I just don't see George Lopez being out of primetime for long.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, June 22

The Big Bang Theory - "The Escape Hatch Identification" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Raj moves out of his apartment, Leonard and Penny offer him Sheldon’s old room. Christine Baranski returns as Sheldon’s mother, Beverly.

Superior Donuts - "What's the Big Idea?" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Franco’s creative new donut flavors become bestsellers, Arthur tries to prove he’s still relevant by coming up with a unique one of his own. Also, Fawz works to dream up an inventive password in order to keep Maya and James from stealing his store’s WiFi.

Mom - "Freckled Bananas and a Little Schwinn" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie dip back into illegal activities, and Adam questions their morality.

Life in Pieces - "Musical Motel Property Bingo" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Heather freaks out when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director, Julius Black (Andy Richter), doesn’t give her a part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather suspect Joan is having an affair; Tyler and Clementine decide to find a home of their own; and, Jen, Colleen and Tim secretly play “Short Family Bingo” to pass the time during the weekly Sunday brunch.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Thursday, June 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He is also a guest on Access Hollywood LivE, so check your local listings and on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Ray appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital/Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) - Rory appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Laura Benanti (Go On) - Laura guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) - Kunal is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sasha Pieterse (Family Affair) - Sasha appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Henderson (One on One) - Josh is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane gives a sneak peak of the new season of Hollywood Game Night on People Now at 8:30am. She will also be the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Marisa Tomei (A Different World) - Marisa talks about Spider-man: Homecoming on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.