Monday, October 15, 2012

Antenna TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents Halloween Marathon; New Munsters On NBC On Oct. 26

Good evening...Antenna TV is going to bring you something scary this Halloween, but will stay to its classic TV roots! Antenna TV's "Hitch-O-Ween: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Marathon" will have you on the edge of your seat as the Tribune Broadcasting multicast broadcast network presents a devilishly delightful 27-hour Halloween marathon on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Beginning at 5am ET on Halloween, Antenna TV - which airs on 69 affiliates across the U.S. reaching 61% of TV households - will air "Hitch-O-Ween" a 54-episode/27 hour Alfred Hitchcock Presents marathon.

The familiar "plink, plink" of the theme song, accompanied by the line drawing of a man in profile immediately identifies the show as Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The famed director opens almost every episode with the words "Good evening..." After a joke -- usually about the evening's sponsor -- Hitchcock lays the groundwork for that episode's freestanding story of suspense and terror. The series regularly airs on Antenna TV Mon-Thurs nights at 12:00am & 12:30am ET and a Saturday night block from 11pm-1am ET. The series is also aired as a filler if a two-hour movie block runs long or short.

View the episode info for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents "Hitch-O-Ween" marathon! And like year's holiday season, Antenna TV will serve up marathons and stunts for the holiday season, including Election Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's! Stay with us for details on all of those as soon as get full details. Stay tuned!


As Halloween nears, NBC turns Friday, October 26 into Fright Night when it premieres the pilot of the much-anticipated Mockingbird Lane at 8pm ET -- based on executive producer Bryan Fuller's (Pushing Daisies) script and directed by executive producer Bryan Singer (X-Men film series). Mockingbird Lane is a new reimagined version of the classic 1960s sitcom The Munsters, now as a visually spectacular one-hour drama with a darker edge and tone. The cast includes Jerry O'Connell (Carpoolers, Crossing Jordan) as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Better Off Ted) as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard (United States of Tara, The Riches) as Grandpa, Mason Cook (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D) as Eddie and Charity Wakefield (The Raven) as Marilyn. Of course, in the original 1964-66 series The Munsters, the odd but lovable family lived on 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

So what is this "special" about? In Mockingbird Lane, sweet little Eddie Munster (Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he's about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places -- as in all over his body -- every time the moon is full! Eddie's got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (O'Connell), who brings new meaning to "Frankenstein"; and Grandpa (Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren't actually Dracula! Of course then there's creepy cousin Marilyn (Wakefield), who's really the odd one because she's so completely normal. Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they're quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it's not always so easy to accept that your child is a little "different" from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he's made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.

If this special does well, perhaps NBC will order more episodes and turn this into a series like it did following the success of the Knight Rider movie back in 2008. But if it does get to go to series, let's hope it does better than that series did in the ratings (and creatively). View the promo:


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March)

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series Bewitched - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek) Maude - The Complete Series WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete First Season (Shout! Factory) The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI Home Video)

03/03 - CHiPs - The Complete Third Season
03/10 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series
03/10 - Hey Dude - The Complete Series (Walmart Exclusive)
03/10 - Petticoat Junction - Family Favorite Episodes
03/17 - Bewitched - Season 5 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Bewitched - Season 6 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Bewitched - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Maude - The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete First Season (Shout! Factory)
03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Second Season (Shout! Factory)
03/24 - The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI Home Video)
03/31 - Silicon Valley - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
03/31 - Veep - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, March 6

Dog with a Blog - "Stan's New BFF" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Stan spends the night at Karl's house and Avery is jealous; Chloe's hooked on wrestling thanks to Bennett.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 2) (All times ET unless noted)

Friday, March 6

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew guest co-hosts The Late Late Show at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Lennon Parham (Playing House/Best Friends Forever/Accidentally on Purpose) - Lennon appears on The Late Late Show at 12:37am on CBS.
  • The Cast of Parks and Recreation) - The cast of Parks and Recreation are guests on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada talks about Gotham on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie talks about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Laura Marano (Austin & Ally/Back to You) - Laura talks about her show and new movie on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Anne Heche (SAve Me/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Anne is a guest on People Now.
  • Juliette Lewis (I Married Dora) - Juliette appears on People Now.