Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Antenna TV Fall 2012 Schedule; The Facts of Life Star Lisa Whelchel on Survivor: Philippines

We mentioned back in July that Antenna TV would be adding Barney Miller and Benson to their fall schedule in September. Today we have some updates and their complete fall lineup, which is effective Tuesday, September 4. Antenna TV, which airs on 65 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 60% of TV households, will continue to include vintage favorites such as Leave it to Beaver, All in the Family, Three's Company, Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son.

Barney Miller and Benson will be airing on Sunday nights starting September 9. Barney Miller, with Hal Linden heading up an ensemble cast, originally aired on ABC from 1975 to 1982 and will air on Antenna TV Sundays at 8-9pm ET/5-6pm PT. Benson, with Robert Guillaume in the lead role, aired from 1979 to 1986 on ABC, as a spin-off from Soap. Antenna TV will air the series as back-to-back hours on Sunday nights, with Soap remaining at 11pm-12am ET/8-9pm PT and Benson following at midnight-1am ET/9-10pm PT. Unfortunately, there will only be the two airings of the new acquisitions on Sundays.

There will be many time slot changes on the weekday schedule (all times listed below are Eastern). First, there's some bad news to mention. Too Close for Comfort is leaving the schedule entirely. The Ted Knight comedy has aired on the network since its launch in January 2011. Adam-12 replaces it at at 11am-12pm. Dragnet moves up to 12pm-1pm. Hazel will be moving up an hour to 1-2pm. Father Knows Best is back on in the weekday afternoons at 2-3pm. Dennis the Menace and Leave it to Beaver will remain at 3-5pm. Next, c'mon get happy as The Partridge Family returns to weekdays at 5-6pm. All in the Family moves up to the 6-7pm hour.

Then we get into primetime and overnight. The 11am-6pm lineup runs Monday-Thursday, as the Black & White Friday Night block moves up an hour to 6pm. Starting with the Monday-Thursday schedule, Three's Company moves up earlier in primetime at 7-8pm. And then there's Maude, which returns to weekdays in primetime at 8-9pm. Good Times moves back a couple of hours to 9-10pm. Sanford and Son moves to 10-11pm. There will be even more Three's Company at 11pm-midnight, as it replaces Too Close for Comfort. The schedule after midnight remains the same with Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Burns and Allen Show, The Jack Benny Program and Antenna TV Theater. The Black & White Friday Night schedule now begins at 6-7pm with Burns and Allen. It will be followed by double episodes of Jack Benny, Father Knows Best, Bachelor Father, Leave it to Beaver, Dennis the Menace and McHale's Navy. Antenna TV Theater moves up to the 1am hour, so Hazel will no longer be on late Friday nights.

On to weekends, starting with Saturdays beginning September 8, Antenna TV Theater will now run until 9am, so that means Here Come the Brides, Iron Horse and Adventures of Tin Tin are leaving the schedule. Totally Tuned In returns from hiatus at 9am. From 10am-1pm on Saturdays will still be E/I programming. The Three Stooges kick off the afternoon schedule at 1-2pm. Adam-12 moves up a couple of hours to 2-3pm. It will be followed by double episodes of Dragnet, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, The Flying Nun, and Gidget (which replaces S.W.A.T. at 7pm). There will now be a three-hour block of It's a Thief from 8-11pm, so Suspense Theater is off the schedule. It will be followed by two-hour blocks of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Three Stooges and the '70s/'80s British comedy The Benny Hill Show.

On to Sundays, this lineup will start on September 9. Antenna TV Theater will now run until 1pm, so all of the black & white sitcoms will no longer be on Sunday mornings. Bummer! That was a nice block of good ole' classic tv. The Three Stooges leads off the afternoon schedule at 1-2pm. It will be followed by double episodes of Adam-12, Dragnet, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, The Flying Nun and Gidget. Barney Miller replaces NewsRadio in primetime at 8-9pm. The two-hour block of WKRP in Cincinnati remains at 9-11pm. Super '70s continues with Soap in the 11pm hour. Benson replaces Three's Company at midnight. There's more '70s action from 1-5am. The double episodes of All in the Family, Maude and Good Times remain at the same times, but Leave it to Beaver is being replaced by Sanford and Son at 4-5am. Leave it to Beaver is still getting plenty of the business weekdays, even though it's gone from the weekends.

So there you have it, the new Antenna TV schedule! It has something for everyone. Two new classic sitcoms from the '70s and '80s, many new time slots, and some shows are expanded (such as Three's Company)! Shows leaving the schedule include Too Close for Comfort, Here Come the Brides, Iron Horse, Adventures of Tin Tin, S.W.A.T., and NewsRadio. View the full Antenna TV Fall 2012 schedule in a list form. What do you think of these changes? Discuss them on our message board. And stay with us for continued updates.

We've never covered the announcement of a Survivor cast before, but there's some exciting news to report today. A former sitcom star will be competing for the first time ever! Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair Warner on The Facts of Life from 1979-1988, has been named as one of the 18 castaways of Survivor: Philippines. She has been a superfan of the show since the first episode. Last October, she started a viral campaign on her Twitter feed by posting a video asking for support to help her get on the show. She got her wish to compete this season.

The 25th season of the Emmy Award-winning series will premiere with a special 90-minute edition on Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00pm ET/PT on CBS. They have announced 15 of the 18 castaways who will compete for a million dollars. Three of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former players who were medically evacuated from the game and are returning to finish what they started. Former MLB player and National League MVP (and star of ABC's 2009 edition of The Superstars) Jeff Kent will also be among the contestants. View the full cast here.

Can she outwit, outplay and outlast the others to be Sole Survivor? We're sure she can come up with another one of her brilliant ideas. We'll be rooting for her. Go Lisa!


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

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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, May 25

The Goldbergs - "Agassi" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Adam feels like he’s losing his best friend, Chad, so he attempts to join the tennis team.  When Chad picks Dave Kim as his partner, Adam vows to take him down with Barry in a tennis match, channeling Andre Agassi.  Meanwhile, with the help of Beverly, Erica deals with her post-break up depression just in time for Valentine’s Day.

American Housewife - "The Club" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Anna-Kat develops a fear of water and stops bathing, her therapist suggests the Ottos get her to go swimming. But can Katie get over own her fear of wearing a bathing suit in public at the Westport Country Club so she can help her kid out? Meanwhile Oliver gives his dad a style makeover after students at the college give Greg a low “jalapeƱo” score.

Modern Family - "Do It Yourself" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Feeling empowered after his successful do-it-yourself  project, Phil convinces Jay to co-invest in a property he has always wanted to develop. Meanwhile, Claire’s new obsession with a TV chef and her new love of cooking Sunday dinners hasn’t been as tasty as she thinks. Haley is the family’s only hope to add a little spice to the situation. At the Pritchett-Tucker house, Cam and Mitchell see that the family is too reliant on technology, so they attempt to teach Lily the importance of hard work, which ends disastrously. Back at the Pritchett’s, Jay feels replaced when he sees Gloria has hired Coach Gary (Payton Manning) to coach Joe and serve as a handy man.

Modern Family - "Heavy Is the Head" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay’s property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.

black-ish - "Auntsgiving" (ABC, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Pops’ older sister Almaviligerais unexpectedly arrives for Thanksgiving, much to everyone’s delight except Ruby, who can’t stand her ex-sister-in-law. While Bow and Dre go on their last vacation before the baby arrives, the kids try to figure out why Ruby hates Almaviligerais so much.

Speechless - "D-I-- DING" (ABC, 10:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After leaving a note behind Maya’s back, Ray takes sides against the family when Maya dings a nearby car.  Following through on a promise, Jimmy and Dylan share a moment, as father and daughter are on a search in the back room at the local supermarket while JJ teaches a rude customer a lesson, and a moonlighting Kenneth hides his side job from the DiMeos.

The Big Bang Theory - "The Emotion Detection Automation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon beta-tests an MIT invention after hearing it can help him read people’s emotions. Also, Leonard can’t hide his feelings when Penny announces her brother is coming to town, and Raj invites his ex-girlfriends over to give him dating advice. Laura Spencer, Katie Micucci, Alessandra Torresani and Katie Leclerc return as Raj’s ex-girlfriends.

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 - "Sword Fights and a Dominican Shortstop" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Christy considers giving up her dream of becoming a lawyer when Bonnie’s ex-girlfriend, Jeanine (Rosie O’Donnell), offers her a lucrative job in real estate. Also, Adam is very curious about Bonnie’s past with women.

Life in Pieces - "Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Tim accidentally shaves off a huge chunk of eyebrow before an important photoshoot, he hopes Jen and Colleen’s grooming expertise can fix it. Also, when Gigi passes away, Greg makes an anonymous donation with the money she left him, but later realizes he wants to be recognized for it; John learns firsthand what Gigi’s life was like at the nursing home; and Joan honors her mother’s memory with unusual jewelry.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 22)

Thursday, May 25

  • Jada Pinkett-Smith (A Different World) - Catch Jada on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jamie Foxx (The Jamie Foxx Show) - Jamie is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (The Big Bang Theory/The McCartyhs/Roseanne) - Laurie stops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Zach Woods (Silicon Valley/The Office) - Zach visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda Large) - Wanda appears on a repeat of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm.
  • Whitney Cummings (whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • The Cast of Veep - Julia Louis Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson are guests on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect) - Sherri appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani kicks off summer with recipes that are included in People's Summer Grilling special issue on People Now at 8:30am.