Tuesday, April 09, 2013

ABC, CW Summer 2013 Schedules; FearNet Acquires Short-Lived Series Reaper, Plans Reunion Special



ABC and The CW have announced most of their summer 2013 schedules. First up for ABC, three new series are joining the schedule, the innovative procedural Motive, which will have a special debut following the performance finale of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, May 20 at 9:00pm, before moving to its regular night on Thursday, May 23 at 9:00pm; sexy new drama Mistresses (pictured), starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan, will premiere a week later than initially announced, on Monday, June 3 at 10:01pm; and Whodunnit?, a new mystery reality competition show from Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the CSI franchise, which will premiere Sunday, June 23 at 9:00pm. Motive was previously set to have its series preview on Tuesday. May 21 at 10pm following the real Dancing finale, but now Dancing with the Stars: The Finale will be 9-11pm (after a special recap at 8pm) leading into local news (which affiliates love).

These series join returning shows Celebrity Wife Swap, which has its summer premiere on Sunday, June 23 at 8:00pm; Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which debuts a new season on Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00pm; season four of Rookie Blue on Thursday, May 23 at 10:00pm; the summer season of What Would You Do? on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00pm; and an all-new season of Wipeout on Thursday, May 9 at 8:00pm. The Bachelorette will now premiere on Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm instead of the previously announced Monday, May 20 9-11pm premiere. 10:00pm programming for May 20 will be announced soon. New comedy Family Tools, which premieres Wednesday, May 1, is likely going to spill into summer with its 10 episode order, but if it does well, ABC will likely only air 4 in May sweep and hold on to the remaining episodes for a second season. New game show Bet On Your Baby, premiering this Saturday at 8pm, will spill over into summer as well through June 1. Stay tuned for more summer programming updates (including burn-off news for series like Zero Hour and 666 Park Avenue) as ABC might have some more summer series including Nightline Primetime and possibly Secret Millionaire.

For The CW, continuing its commitment to more original year-round programming, The CW has set premiere dates for its new summer 2013 primetime series. The CW's summer slate officially kicks off on Tuesday, July 16 with two all–new half hour shows, including the return of the hit improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the new dating competition Perfect Score. Premiere night will feature back-to-back original episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (8:00-9:00pm ET) and Perfect Score (9:00-10:00pm ET). Starting the next Tuesday, original episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? will air from 8:00-8:30pm ET (with encores at 8:30pm), and Perfect Score original telecasts will air at 9:00-9:30pm ET (with encores at 9:30pm ET). You all know what Whose Line is, but Perfect Score puts a unique twist on dating game shows by not only giving players a chance to win a date, but also the opportunity to win cold hard cash -- IF they can successfully identify their perfect match. On Monday, July 29 at 9:00pm ET, the acclaimed reality series Breaking Pointe returns for a second season. And finally, new reality The Hunt will premiere on Wednesday, July 31 at 9:00pm ET. In this intense new wilderness competition, 12 teams of 2 will enter "The Arena," a fenced-in enclosure in the middle of the wild, where they must live for one month and compete against each other for scarce resources.


Reaper

FEARnet adds a cult favorite to its Tuesday night Twisted Comedy Block with the wildly popular ABC Studios one-hour comedy series Reaper, licensing both seasons of the hour-long series for a complete 31 episode order that ran on The CW from 2007-09. Reaper will be the lead-in program at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT to FEARnet's original half-hour comedy series Holliston, which premieres its second season that same night at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. But wait, reruns are not the only item acquired! In addition to airing the series, FEARnet is producing a half-hour special reuniting some of the original cast and crew in which they will discuss the series' popularity, its finale and their rabid community of fans in a round-table format. Set to appear in the special are series stars Bret Harrison (Sam Oliver), Tyler Labine (Sock) and Ray Wise (The Devil), among others. Hopefully Miss Peregrym (Andi) as well! The quirky series focuses on the life of Sam Oliver (Harrison), a college drop-out who, on his 21st birthday, learns that he now must work as a bounty hunter for the Devil (Wise), as part of a deal made many years ago when Sam's parents offered up their firstborn son in exchange for good health for the ailing father. Tyler Labine (Invasion, Mad Love) and Rick Gonzalez (Coach Carter) play Sam's slacker friends who help him in his new secret double-life of 'reaping' souls, using a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner as well as other modern household items. Often noted by TV fan websites as a series that was cancelled too soon, Reaper continues to enjoy a thriving community of devoted viewers who have rallied for the series to come back in syndication since its last network broadcast. Stay with us for continued updates!


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Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, August 18

Raven's Home - "You're Gonna Get It" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Nia sneaks to school wearing makeup against Raven's wishes, she draws the attention of the eighth grade girls who invite her to hang out.

K.C. Undercover - "The Storm Maker" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
K.C. is tasked with tracking down a dangerous weather-controlling device on the same night as her homecoming dance.

Bizaardvark - "Frankie's Cheating Teacher" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
An attempt to get Frankie's dad back into the dating scene goes horribly wrong when he snags a date with Frankie's English teacher.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 14)

Friday, August 18

  • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - Watch T.J. on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Billy Eichner (Difficult People) - Billy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jussie Smollett (On Our Own) - Jussie is a guest on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen is a guest on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Jason appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Brandy (Moesha/The Game/Thea) - Brandy talks about Broadway's Chicago on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi performs on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Nat talks about Leap and Home Again on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Geena Davis (Buffalo Bill/The Geena Davis Show) - Geena talks about Marjorie Prime on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.