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 (November)

The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Remastered Series (DVD) Maude - The Complete Third Season WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Final (Fourth) Season McHale's Navy - The Complete Series Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Fourth Season

11/03 - Californication - The Complete Series
11/03 - Getting On - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
11/03 - Hank (1965-66) - The Complete Series
11/03 - I Love Lucy - The Complete Series
11/03 - Men at Work - The Complete Second Season
11/03 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/03 - 'Til Death - The Complete Third Season
11/10 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Remastered Series (DVD)
11/10 - Maude - The Complete Third Season
11/10 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Final (Fourth) Season
11/17 - The Comedians - The Complete Series
11/17 - Cristela - The Complete First Season
11/17 - McHale's Navy - The Complete Series
11/17 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Fourth Season
11/17 - Weird Loners - The Complete Series
11/24 - George Lopez - The Complete Sixth Seaon
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, November 28

Henry Danger - "Christmas Danger" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Captain Man gets arrested for committing a petty crime, he is forced to spend Christmas in jail. Henry and Charlotte must try to help Captain Man have a good Christmas in jail.

Game Shakers - "A Reggae Potato Christmas" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The Game Shakers visit Double G on the set of his live, self-indulgent "Double G's Christmas Special." During the opening number, his hair catches on fire and they must finish the show without him.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 30)

Monday, November 30

  • Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Aziz The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Richard Kind (Spin City/Mad About You) - Richard is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) - Alan appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Brent Morin and Rick Glassman (Undateable) - Brent and Rick are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Facts of Life/Living Single) - Kim dishes on the new season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and talks about why she decided to join the show on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A./Scrubs) - Scott drops by The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show) - Loretta is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America talks about her new series Superstore on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Bob Saget (Fuller House/How I Met Your Mother/Full House) - Bob is a guest on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Suburgatory) - Cheryl talks about her movie Christmas Eve on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.