Monday, July 02, 2012

Who's the Boss? Coming to TV Guide Network; Anger Management Premiere Scores for FX


The very popular family sitcom Who's the Boss? is returning to cable starting...today! TV Guide Network has acquired the cable rights to the long-running 1984-1992 ABC sitcom starring Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro and Katherine Helmond. The series will air back-to-back episodes at 6:00pm & 6:30pm starting tonight, Monday, July 2, 2012. It will also air at times at 1:00am when a movie doesn't run long, so check listings. The sitcom was last seen on cable on The Hallmark Channel for one year from May 2010 to April 2011. So, after little over a year the sitcom is back on television!
The sitcom will follow back-to-back episodes of Designing Women at 5:00pm & 5:30pm, which remains in the hour. Who's the Boss? will lead into back-to-back episodes of Dharma & Greg at 7:00pm & 7:30pm for a nice block of comedy. Other comedies airing on the network are: more Designing Women (10:00am & 10:30am), Ugly Betty (1pm & 2pm), Samantha Who? (3:00pm), Ned & Stacey (3:30pm), Caroline in the City (4:00pm) and the return of Cybill (4:30pm). TV Guide Network is still also airing dramas Early Edition (11:00am) and The Guardian (12:00pm & 12:00am) on weekdays. Weeds (1:30am & 5am) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (4:00am) air sporadically.

On the series, former professional athlete Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) and his daughter Samantha (Alyssa Milano) arrive at the upscale, suburban household of executive Angela Bower (Judith Light), where Tony has taken a job as live-in housekeeper. When they arrive, Angela is uptight and obsessed with her work. Her son Jonathan (Danny Pintauro) is shy and lacks self-esteem, and her mother, Mona (Katherine Helmond), is a man-hungry vixen. Tony eventually wins them over with his laid back style, and the Bowers soon begin to loosen up.


FX's biggest night of comedy ever also proved to be one of cable's biggest nights of comedy ever as Anger Management set ratings records for a primetime scripted comedy series premiere, while Wilfred and Louie returned to the network with significant growth over their prior seasons, and FX's entry into the late night arena, BrandX with Russell Brand, got off to a strong start. Thursday, June 28 marked the most-watched Thursday night (prime, 8-11 PM) in FX's 18-year history in both Total Viewers (3.05 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.54 million). Thursday night's series debut of Anger Management (9:00 PM) was the most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million, 2.1 A18-49 rating), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children's programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers.
Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30 PM) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49 (2.3 A18-49 rating). While the two episode premiere was the highest rated basic cable premiere for a comedy series, the BET premiere of The Game in January 2011 was might higher doing 7.68 million and a 3.6 A18-49 rating for its one-hour season premiere. So Anger Management didn't set a record for a original comedy on basic cable, it just did it for a series premiere. But this is still pretty good. Combined with the encore telecasts (1:00 and 1:30 AM), the series premiere episode of Anger Management delivered a total audience of 6.21 million viewers and 3.11 million Adults 18-49, and the second episode drew 6.45 million viewers and 3.29 million Adults 18-49.
Episode 2 of Anger Management at (9:30 PM) ranked as the top-rated program on television (broadcast or cable) on Thursday in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49, and in cable in delivery of Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 (1.24 million) and Adults 25-54 (3.22 million). The series premiere (9:00 PM) ranked #2 on television (broadcast or cable) on Thursday in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49, and #2 among all cable programs Thursday night in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, and Adults 25-54.
Anger Management moves to its regularly scheduled time period of Thursdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT beginning this week: Thursday. July ). FX will repeat its pilot and second episode also this Thursday at 8:30PM and 9:00PM, respectively.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)

American Dad! - Volume 11 Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One

12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 24

The Middle - "A Tough Pill to Swallow" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When a devastated Sue discovers that she has been kicked out of college because she forgot to renew her financial aid, Mike tries to come to her rescue and convince a tough college bursar to reinstate her. Meanwhile, having only taken oral liquid medication all of his life, a frustrated Frankie does everything in her power to teach Brick how to swallow a pill when he gets an ear infection; and Hutch becomes angry with Axl after he keeps driving the Winnebago without permission to Orson to visit new girlfriend April – leaving Hutch without any means of transportation to get to class.

American Housewife - "Art Show" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it by any means necessary. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor. She’s determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills, but she may have met her match.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Coming From America" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene (Ken Jeong). Upon meeting Gene’s beautiful fiancĂ©, Margaret, and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

The Real O'Neals - "The Real Match" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.

New Girl - "The Hike" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
While on a day hike, Jess and Robby (guest star Nelson Franklin) discover something unexpected about their relationship. Also, Winston throws a surprise welcome home party for Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad). Meanwhile, Schmidt and Cece fail to impress their new neighbors.

The Mick - "The Master" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
All hell breaks loose, as the kids fight over who will take the master bedroom. Also, Mickey pursues a wealthy businessman who quickly discovers that she is not the prize he thought she was.

Teachers - "Stranger Danger" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
There’s a trespasser at Fillmore and a new security guard is hired. Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan hold a “Women Empowering Women” workshop, Mrs. Adler takes stranger danger too far, and Ms. Watson purchases a male safety dummy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Tuesday, January 24

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 3pm.
  • Claudia O'Doherty (Love) - Claudia is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John talks about Patriots Day on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple/Community) - Yvette visits Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?/Spin City) - Jennifer appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina talks about the new Netflix series One Day at a Time on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.