Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas Schedule; Rhea Perlman Joins Kirstie Alley In TV Land Sitcom Pilot


ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas

We gave you ABC Family's Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas (Nov. 18-30) schedule, now it's time to give you the actual 25 Days of Christmas (Dec. 1-25) schedule for 2012! The 25 days of holiday programming starts on Saturday, December 1 at 7am with the holiday special Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas followed by movies all day long! This year, "25 Days of Christmas" will feature the world premiere of the ABC Family original holiday musical, The Mistle-Tones, starring Tia Mowry (The Game, Tia and Tamera) and Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills, 90210). Premiering Sunday, December 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the new original movie follows Holly (Mowry), a young woman who decides to create her own Christmas singing group when she is turned down for a spot in legendary group The Snow Belles by the mean spirited Marci (Spelling).

The holiday cheer continues with the ABC Family premiere of the charming holiday movie Fred Claus, starring Vince Vaughn, on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:00PM-12:30AM ET/PT and the basic cable premiere broadcasts of Disney's A Christmas Carol on Thursday, December 6 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT and Despicable Me on Saturday, December 8 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Also making their 25 Days of Christmas debut are holiday favorites Elf (Saturday, December 1, 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and the very first Home Alone (Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
A new generation of viewers can enjoy the Rankin Bass holiday classics such as Rudolph's Shiny New Year (Monday, December 3, 5:30-6:30 PM ET/PT), Frosty's Winter Wonderland (Tuesday, December 4, 7:30PM ET/PT, and Santa Claus is Comin' To Town (Monday, December 10, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Other returning favorites include National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Monday, December 3, 8:00-10:00 PM), The Polar Express (Wednesday, December 5, 9:00PM-12:00 AM ET/PT), and the network premiere of Disney·Pixar's Toy Story 3 (Sunday, December 16, 7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Among the movies I didn't mention airing include Richie Rich's Christmas Wish, A Dennis the Menace Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone 4, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3, Holiday in Handcuffs, and Christmas Cupid. And among the specials I didn't mention include Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, The Little Drummer Boy, Pinocchio's Christmas, The Story of the First Christmas Snow, Disney Prep & Landing, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, and A Chipmunk Christmas. Holiday episodes of sitcoms like Boy Meets World, 8 Simple Rules, & Reba will air in their time periods and Full House will get a special airing on Monday, Dec. 24 at 9am, as that series has been on hiatus for awhile. Also, just for the holidays, a holiday mini-marathon of the '90s series Beverly Hills 90210 will air Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7am-11am leading into movies starring cast members from the series like Christmas Caper starring Shannen Doherty.

Other ABC Family December 2012 highlights includes the ABC Family premiere of the Eric Bana movie Hulk on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 8pm and the ABC premiere premiere of Spy Kids on Saturday, December 29 at 9:30am.
View the FULL 2012 ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule. You won't want to miss anything, so print out and enjoy!


A Cheers reunion maybe? Rhea Perlman will reunite with longtime friend and former Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley in the sitcom pilot Giant Baby. Perlman will play Thelma, Maddie's (Alley) long-suffering assistant and best friend, who encourages her boss to form a relationship with the son she gave up for adoption, Arlo (previously known as Owen). The network originally announced the Alley-headlined project as a presentation last month. Giant Baby revolves around Madison "Maddie" Banks, a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo, her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. However, Maddie doesn't exactly see nerdy and schlubby Arlo fitting in with her luxurious lifestyle. When her attempt to change Arlo backfires, Maddie finds that perhaps they both could use a little change in their lives.
Giant Baby is written and executive produced by Marco Pennette and is also executive produced by Kirstie Alley and Jason Weinberg. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox serve as executive producers for TV Land. Both Alley and Perlman were in the ABC pilot The Manzanis last season but it never made it past pilot. Stay with us to see if this pilot goes past the pilot stage and gets a series order. There is a good chance it will and it will join Hot in Cleveland, Happily Divorced and The Exes. But stay tuned...


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, January 17

The Goldbergs - "The Hooters" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Adam tries to be funny in class but ends up distracting his woodshop teacher, who nearly injures himself when his tie is cut off so Murray grounds him. Meanwhile, Geoff and Beverly try to become more cultured so Erica will remain close when she decides she wants to attend a Phillip Glass concert but, in the end, they learn something surprising about Erica’s taste in music. 80s band Hooters makes a special appearance.

Speechless - "D-I-- DIMEO A-C-- ACADEMY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After a dust-up with Lafayette High, Maya runs to JJ’s rescue and launches her own school out of the DiMeo home. Her program becomes a true DiMeo affair when Ray and Dylan enroll and Jimmy joins the faculty. Meanwhile, Kenneth sets out to prove to his ex-wife that he’s living a successful life.

Modern Family - "In Your Head" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Luke goes missing after a night out in a sketchy neighborhood, Manny, Phil and Gloria team up to track him down. Meanwhile, Haley is desperate to land an interview with the creator of a popular lifestyle website and interrupts Alex during one of her college classes. Alex’s professor, Arvin Fennerman (Chris Geere), then proceeds to try and give Haley a piece of his mind.

American Housewife - "The Anniversary" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Katie and Greg dislike Taylor’s new boyfriend, so they attempt to use reverse psychology to drive a wedge between them, which later backfires. After Spencer’s over-the-top vision for Oliver’s first date with a girl from his ballet class bombs, Greg helps Oliver make up for it with a romantic gesture.

grown-ish - "Starboy" (Freeform, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Zoey makes a deal to tutor a star basketball player, hoping to get a letter of recommendation.

Alone Together - "Road Trip" (Freeform, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Esther's ulterior motive threatens to derail Benji's fun-filled birthday celebration.

K.C. Undercover - "The Gammy Files" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A high-school math whiz trains to be an undercover spy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 15)

Wednesday, January 17

  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Nicole Sullivan (Disjointed/$#*! My Dad Says/Rita Rocks/The King of Queens) - Nicole appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ed Helms (The Office) - Ed is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lene visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Molly Shannon (Divorce/Kath & Kim/Cracking Up) - Molly stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. drops by LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce/Sex and the City/Square Pegs) - Sarah appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Esther Povitsky (Alone Together) - Esther is a guest on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Burt Reynolds (Evening Shade) - Burt will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Vanessa Lachey (Truth Be Told/Dads) - Vanessa and Nick Lachey are guests on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


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

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
01/09 - Girlfriends - The Complete Series
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