Monday, July 09, 2012

ABC Family Acquires Reba; Remembering Ernest Borgnine, McHale's Navy Marathon on Antenna TV and TCM Films Tribute

Reba

Last Tuesday we mentioned that CMT has acquired Reba and Yes, Dear to both start on August 1. We mentioned at the end of the story that Reba would also be coming to another cable network and we can reveal which network that is today! Reba is also joining the ABC Family line-up this August, so this will likely mean the end of Reba on Lifetime, since it will be on ABC Family and CMT. ABC Family will launch the sitcom on Monday, August 6 with a marathon event from 11am-6pm, part of their annual Campus Crush week. Reba will regularly air on ABC Family weekdays from 4-6pm. As a reminder, CMT will air the sitcom weekdays 4-5pm and 7-9pm, so the 4pm hour will have Reba on both ABC Family and CMT. As a result of the change on ABC Family, That '70s Show will shift to 2-4pm (it was airing 3-5pm). This means Grounded for Life will be off the schedule. The rest of the ABC Family weekday line-up will remain the same, which starts off with Boy Meets World from 7-9:30am, leading into the 700 Club stuff from 9:30-11am. Gilmore Girls remains at 11am, followed by an hour of Still Standing at 12 noon and back-to-back 8 Simple Rules at 1pm. All that will lead into That '70s Show from 2-4pm and Reba from 4-6pm, before movies and original encores take over starting at 6pm. In late night, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will remain airing in the 12 midnight hour each weeknight. Back to Reba, series star Reba McEntire will have a new sitcom premiering on ABC in November on Friday nights at 8:30pm, so airing her first sitcom on sister cable network ABC Family is good promotion for that new series.
Elsewhere on ABC Family this August, they have announced season finale dates for their original series. The season finale of drama Jane by Design will air Tuesday, July 31 at 9pm. Reality series Beverly Hills Nannies will move to the Tuesdays at 9pm slot starting August 7, as movies will take over its previous time period of Wednesdays at 9pm. Jumping to Monday, August 20, the season finale of drama Bunheads will air at 9pm, as the series waits for its fate. Will it be renewed for beyond its ten episodes? The following week, August 27, The Secret Life of the American Teenager will have its mid-season finale at 8pm. The series will return for its second half likely in spring 2013, but this is not confirmed yet. On the next night, Tuesday, August 28, ABC Family will present a marathon of Pretty Little Liars from 11am-8pm leading into its shocking mid-season finale at 8pm. The series most likely will return in January 2013 for its second half of the season like it normally does. The mid-season finale will lead right into the season finale of the reality series Beverly Hills Nannies at 9pm. And finally, the sitcoms have finales the next night! A Melissa & Joey marathon will air from 11am-8pm leading into the season finale of Melissa & Joey at 8pm. More episodes could be ordered like last season, so this could be a mid-season finale. Whatever it is, it will be leading into the season finale of Baby Daddy at 8:30pm, but the way that series is doing in the ratings, that could be a mid-season finale too, with more episodes likely to be ordered. Stay with us for any renewal news or more episode news, as we do expect some of these to be getting more episodes!
Movie wise, ABC Family has some movie premieres in August: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, Race to Witch Mountain, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, and My Best Friend's Wedding.

Ernest Borgnine Ernest Borgnine

Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, who starred as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in McHale's Navy and Dominic Santini in Airwolf, has died. Borgnine died of renal failure on July 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Borgnine was 95.

Borgnine's career in Hollywood began with roles in China Corsair, The Whistle at Eaton Falls and The Mob. His big breakthrough role came in 1953's From Here to Eternity, where he played the sadistic Sergeant "Fatso" Judson, who beats a stockade prisoner in his charge, Angelo Maggio (played by Frank Sinatra). More film roles as villains would follow in Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz and Bad Day at Black Rock. In 1955, he played the lonely and lovelorn butcher Marty Piletti in Marty. He won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the role. Other film roles included The Catered Affair, Torpedo Run, The Vikings, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, Ice Station Zebra, The Wild Bunch, Willard, The Poseidon Adventure, The Black Hole, Ravagers and Escape from New York. View a complete list of his over 200 film and television roles at the Internet Movie Database.

Borgnine's television debut was in 1951's Captain Video and His Video Rangers as a character named Nargola. More roles would follow in Goodyear Playhouse, Shadow of the Cloak, Short Short Dramas, The Lone Wolf, The Ford Television Theatre, Waterfront, The Danny Thomas Show, Laramie, and Wagon Train. In 1962, he landed the role as gruff but lovable skipper Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in McHale's Navy. The show ran for 4 seasons on ABC from 1962-1966. Borgnine was nominated for an Emmy in 1963 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He also starred in the 1964 feature film and had a cameo in the 1997 remake, which starred Tom Arnold and Dean Stockwell. Borgnine later starred as helicopter pilot Dominic Santini in the action and adventure series Airwolf for three seasons from 1984-1986 on CBS. In 1995-1997, he co-starred with Jonathan Silverman in the NBC sitcom The Single Guy as doorman Manny Cordoba. Borgnine's many other television guest appearances included Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, Home Improvement, The Commish, JAG, Early Edition, Walker, Texas Ranger, Touched by an Angel, 7th Heaven, Family Law, and The District. In 2009, he received an Emmy nomination for his role as Paul Manning in the final two episodes of ER. He also provided the voice of Mermaid Man for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants.

The Archive of American Television conducted an extensive interview with him on October 10, 2008. Borgnine is survived by his fifth wife, Tova Traesnaes — whom he married in 1973 — his children Christofer, Nancee and Sharon Borgnine; a stepson, David Johnson; six grandchildren; and his sister, Evelyn Verlardi. We loved his work as the feisty skipper on McHale's Navy. He was an excellent actor and amazing talent over his 60 year career. We've lost two legends in the last week. He will be greatly missed.

McHale's Navy currently airs on Antenna TV weekdays at 1:00pm & 1:30pm, late Friday nights at 1:00am & 1:30am, and Sunday mornings at 10:00am & 10:30am. Antenna TV will commemorate the life of Ernest Borgnine this Sunday, July 15 with "21 Hour Salute to Ernest Borgnine: McHale's Navy Marathon." The 21-hour marathon will begin at 7a ET and run through 4a ET and will feature 42 episodes from the 1962–1966 ABC series starring Ernest Borgnine as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. We'll post the episode details when they become available.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the life and career of Academy Award(R)-winning actor Ernest Borgnine with a 24-hour marathon of his films on Thursday, July 26. Borgnine, who passed away Sunday at the age of 95, was a dear friend to the TCM community through his appearances at the TCM Classic Film Festival, on the TCM Classic Cruise and during TCM's annual Road to Hollywood tour.
TCM's 10-film memorial tribute is set to begin at 6 a.m. (ET) with The Catered Affair (1956). The daytime lineup will include such films as Torpedo Run (1958), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). Primetime will kick off with an encore presentation of TCM's 2009 special Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine, an hour-long, in-depth interview with the actor and TCM host Robert Osborne. It will be followed by Borgnine's Oscar(R)-winning performance in Marty (1955), as well as memorable roles in films like From Here to Eternity (1953), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).

MeTV Network will air the 1964 theatrical film McHale's Navy on Saturday, July 14 at 5pm ET. The film aired during the series' run. Meanwhile, MeToo in Chicago will also air a tribute stunt! They'll air a "Tribute to Ernest Borgnine," Tuesday (tomorrow), July 10, 2012 from 7pm-11pm CT. His Magnum P.I. episode "Mr. White Death" will air at 7pm CT leading into a block of McHale's Navy from 8-11pm CT. McHale's Navy normally broadcasts on MeToo Sundays at 4:30 am and Magnum P.I. Sundays at 4:00 pm. See the episode info on their website.

What are your favorite Ernest Borgnine memories? Discuss them on our McHale's Navy message board. View photos in our photo galleries.


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Thursday, May 26

Modern Family - "Clean Out Your Junk Drawer" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Gloria won a bid at the school auction for a family seminar with famed doctor and author Debra Radcliffe, whose self-help book ‘Clean Out Your Junk Drawer’ encourages people get out all their emotional junk to become healthier people and in turn better partners and spouses. Jay is resistant to the whole experience and can’t get away fast enough; Mitch and Cam decide to keep it very surface level so they can come off as super stable; and Phil and Claire also make it competitive and strive to be the best and strongest couple of the group. Things quickly escalate, though, as junk starts flying. Elsewhere, Haley and Alex meet up and counsel each other on their boy problems.

black-ish - "Sink or Swim" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Dre notices that his neighbor Janine has never invited his family to any of her pool parties, he assumes she is racially stereotyping them as a family that doesn’t swim. The kids are shocked to find out that, in fact, Dre doesn’t know how to swim. At work, Dre shares the story with his colleagues, and Daphne Lido is not convinced it’s a race thing, so Dre confronts Janine directly. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane are a part of the Girls’ and Boys’ Rovers Organization, and they envy each other’s activities.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Empathy Optimization" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After having to deal with a sick Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the gang try to treat themselves to a Sheldon-free weekend.

Life in Pieces - "Sleepy Email Brunch Tree" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Matt invites Colleen to brunch with the family, he coaches her through the difficult task of connecting with them. Also, John, Matt and Greg try to prove their masculinity by cutting down a tree in Greg's backyard, Tim has an adverse reaction to espresso, and a sleep-deprived Greg has a run-in with the cops.

Mom - "Terrorists and Gingerbread" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy and Bonnie have different ideas about forgiveness when Bonnie's mother, Shirley, who abandoned her as a small child, suddenly wants to be a part of their lives. Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn guest stars as Bonnie’s mother, Shirley. June Squibb guest stars as Dottie.

The Odd Couple - "All About Eavesdropping" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Oscar and Felix become obsessed with eavesdropping on their bickering neighbors, they try to subtly intervene and help them save their marriage. Also, Emily and Dani’s friendship is tested when they train together to race to the top of the Empire State Building.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 23)

Thursday, May 26

  • Lizzy Caplan (The Class/Party Down) - Catch Lizzy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show/Life with Bonnie/DAG) - David stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) - Rebel is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • David Schwimmer (Friends) - David drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS. He also talks about Netflix's The Do-Over on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Natasha Leggero (Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Megan Fox (Hope & Faith) - Megan previews the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Dave Coulier (Fuller House/Full House) - Dave appears on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Urie (Partners) - Michael is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Brandy (Zoe Ever After/The Game/Moesha) - Brandy opens up about her private health battle and how she fought her way back on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Bill Engvall Show) - Jennifer and the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse will be interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) - Jerrod is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Janet Hubert (The Real) - Janet appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.