Monday, July 09, 2012

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


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.

New on DVD/Blu-ray (November)

The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Remastered Series (DVD) Maude - The Complete Third Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Final (Fourth) Season McHale's Navy - The Complete Series Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Fourth Season

11/03 - Californication - The Complete Series
11/03 - Getting On - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
11/03 - Hank (1965-66) - The Complete Series
11/03 - I Love Lucy - The Complete Series
11/03 - Men at Work - The Complete Second Season
11/03 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/03 - 'Til Death - The Complete Third Season
11/10 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Remastered Series (DVD)
11/10 - Maude - The Complete Third Season
11/10 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Final (Fourth) Season
11/17 - Cristela - The Complete First Season
11/17 - McHale's Navy - The Complete Series
11/17 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Fourth Season
11/24 - George Lopez - The Complete Sixth Seaon
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, November 25

The Middle - "Thanksgiving VI" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Hecks agree to forgo Thanksgiving after Frankie finds out that she’s out of a job until January and must pick up a holiday position, which requires her to work on Thanksgiving in order to make ends meet. Much to her dismay, she ends up once again having to portray an overworked 19th century woman back at Heritage Village during the Harvest Feast and finds herself going face-to-face with Sheila (Faith Ford), a woman who definitely takes her job too seriously. Meanwhile, Sue goes back to work at Spudsy’s over her holiday break in the hopes that she’ll once again run into Logan – the dreamy Abercrombie guy, Axl finds himself in foreign territory when he starts becoming emotional over how his life has turned out, and Mike and Brick find themselves needing to find a bonding experience when the electricity goes out at the house and they are forced to interact with each other.

The Goldbergs - "A Goldberg Thanksgiving" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
As a bet, Beverly challenges Erica to participate in Jazzercise after she thinks her mom’s obsession is lame. When she wins, Erica decides to opt out of celebrating Thanksgiving, so Beverly must find a way to win her daughter back to celebrate the holiday with the family. Meanwhile, uncle Marvin shows up for his annual visit to the Goldberg home and unexpectedly bonds with Adam, which annoys Murray.

Modern Family - "Three Turkeys" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Phil is cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year with Luke as his sous chef, and Claire has no confidence in them and prepares a secret turkey of her own as backup. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria had plans to spend the holiday away, but when the trip gets canceled last minute, they decide not to tell anyone, which quickly becomes the worst idea ever since the family dinner gets suddenly moved to their house, and it turns into a mad scramble to cover their tracks. And Mitch is tired of always being the bad cop, so when Lily refuses to wear a nice dress to dinner, he forces Cameron to deal with it, and he comes up with a very unconventional approach.

black-ish - "30 Something" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Things begin to fall apart, in more ways than one, when Dre hurts himself playing basketball right before his 40th birthday. He hands the planning of his big party over to his much younger, hipper assistant, fearing he really is getting too old to be cool. Bow and Ruby face off over who can get Dre the best gift, and the kids try to figure out what to give their dad for his special day.

Talia in the Kitchen - "After the Storm" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Will steals Talia's spices, she hides from the hurricane.until a mysterious boy discovers her.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 23)

Wednesday, November 25

  • Nathan Lane (Encore! Encore!/Charlie Lawrence) - Watch Nathan on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • James Van Der Beek (Friends with Better Lives/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - James is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jay Duplass (Togetherness/Transparent) - Jay appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Vanessa Lachey (Truth Be Told/Dads) - Vanessa and FABLife stylists put audience members to the test with a Thanksgiving preparation trivia challenge and turkey bowling competition for prizes on FABLife, so check your local listings.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo talks about the fight against cancer in children and her Thanksgiving tribute to her dear friend Robin Williams on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Greg Evigan (My Two Dads) - Greg and his daughter Briana talk about the new Hallmark Channel original movie Once Upon a Holiday on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • John O'Hurley (Seinfeld/The Mullets) - John talks about The National Dog Show on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Marlo Thomas (That Girl) - Marlo appears on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly talk about starring in the upcoming holiday movie Angel of Christmas on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) - Candace is tentatively scheduled to appear on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Maura appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.