Monday, August 06, 2012

TBS Fall 2012 Schedule Has Are We There Yet?; Frasier Returns to Lifetime

Welcome to the 2012 edition of our annual look at the fall schedules for cable and digital TV! We are launching this schedule barrage with TBS! They will be making changes to their sitcom line-up starting Monday, Sept. 17. The newest addition to the weekday line-up will be a strip of Are We There Yet? The sitcom will now air five days a week...and with brand new episodes that have never been aired. The series, which stars Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and Essence Atkins (Half and Half), is produced by Revolution Studios and Cube Vision and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. In addition to executive producing, Ice Cube plays a recurring guest starring role. After being a hit for its first 10 episodes, TBS ordered 90 episodes, but the sitcom has not aired in primetime since May 2011 after airing 36 episodes of the 90 episode order. Now the series is entering syndication this fall on both local channels (check your local listings, WWOR in NYC will air it at 11am) and TBS and they both will air the remaining all-new episodes. That will be around 54 brand new episodes.

Before we get into the TBS timeslot for Are We There Yet?, we'll discuss the full changes for TBS this fall. The schedule changes will be made for weekdays 7am-2pm. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be moving to the earlier 7am hour, as it and Home Improvement will switch hours. The Tim Allen comedy will now air an hour later in the 8am hour. At 9am, According to Jim moves to an earlier hour with back-to-back episodes replacing an episode each of Fresh Prince and House of Payne. TBS will make 10am-1pm their African-American sitcom block. Another episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will air at 10am leading into back-to-back House of Payne at 10:30am and 11am. At 11:30am, we have an episode of Meet the Browns, which will lead into the off-network premiere of Are We There Yet? at 12 noon. And the African-American block closes at 12:30pm with another Meet the Browns. The 1pm hour will be just a timeslot switch, with now My Name is Earl leading off the hour and American Dad! closing the hour.

The rest of the weekday schedule will remain intact from 2pm-6am. We have a block of Everybody Loves Raymond from 2-4pm, then Friends from 4-6pm, leading into an hour each of King of Queens at 6 and Seinfeld at 7. Primetime will remain the same from 8-11pm with Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, movies, and House of Payne and For Better or Worse on Friday nights. Late nights will still have Conan at 11, leading into an hour of The Office at midnight. Then at 1am, there is an encore of Conan leading into two episodes of Seinfeld at 2am. 3-5am will see a movie, with the a filler of Married...with Children here and there, but that sitcom airs 5-7am still. On Saturdays, the only schedule change will be a Saturday airing of Are We There Yet? at 9:30am replacing one airing of the My Name is Earl block, which will remain from 7-9:30am. Later in the day, The King of Queens moves from 4-5pm to 6-7pm, as Friends will now air from 4-6pm on Saturdays as well.
Later this year in primetime, TBS will also debut the original scripted comedy series Wedding Band, followed in early 2013 by the premiere of Cougar Town, now a TBS original series. TBS will also air a season two of Men at Work in 2013.

View the full TBS Fall 2012 schedule. We're not sure if any more changes are coming, as this only cover the last two weeks of September. With the MLB Playoffs starting in October, there will likely be no other changes to the schedule...but if there is, we will let you know. Stay with us!


Frasier is returning to Lifetime today! After leaving the schedule in March 2011, the sitcom is now back on the cable network. As a result, WE tv will no longer air the series. However, The Hallmark Channel will still air it, so both Lifetime and Hallmark will now share the rights. Lifetime will air the series in lieu of them losing the rights to Reba, which are now at ABC Family and CMT. Frasier will be airing on Lifetime weekdays from 9-11am, which starts today. Starting next Monday, the sitcom will also air Monday evenings from 4:30pm-8pm replacing the Reba Monday block. Today in that block, Lifetime is airing a Trading Spouses marathon from 12-8pm.
Frasier will air in between Will & Grace (8-9am) and Old Christine (11am-1pm). As for WE tv, they were airing Frasier weekdays 2-4pm but stopped after July 31, as their rights now go to Lifetime. Stay with us for more on WE tv, when we release their fall 2012 schedule. Will Lifetime make changes in September as well? Stay tuned...


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, January 20

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Homer wins an oyster-eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu; Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers; Lisa finally snaps; Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades.

Bob's Burgers - "Live and Let Fly" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The kids seek revenge on their school guidance counselor; they get entangled in sibling rivalry between two pilots; Linda and Bob put their game faces on when Teddy invites them to a paper airplane contest.

Family Guy - "Send in Stewie, Please" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Stewie gets sent to see his school's child psychologist for a surprising session, he reveals major secrets about himself.

The Cool Kids - "Hank the Cradle Robber" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Hank starts dating a much younger woman, the gang suspects she may be taking advantage of him.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 14)

Friday, January 18

  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Watch Maura on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs) - Elizabeth visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She talks about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie/Malibu Country) and Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Lily and Jane are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Pete Holmes (Crashing) - Pete appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Molly Ringwald (Townies/The Facts of Life) - Molly talks about All These Small Moments on People Now at 12pm.
  • Don Cheadle (Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don talks about Black Monday on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Dave Franco (Scrubs/Do Not Disturb) - Dave talks about If Beale Street Could Talk on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Adam Pally (Champaign ILL/Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) and Sam Richardson (Champaign ILL/Detroiters/Veep) - Adam and Sam talk about Champaign ILL on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
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