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!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, July 21

Raven's Home - "Baxter's Back!" (Disney Channel, 10:00PM ET/PT) (Series Premiere)
Booker enlists Levi and Tess to help him convince Nia of his newfound abilities to see into the future; Raven's latest vision involves a family disagreement that leads her to meddle in her kids' life at school.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 17)

Friday, July 21

  • Kevin Bacon (I Love Dick) - Watch Kevin on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He talks about Lifetime's Story of a Girl on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World), Queen Latifah (Living Single), Regina Hall (Grandfathered) and Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show) - Jada, Queen Latifah, Regina and Tiffany chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Tiffany will also be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. Jada will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate discusses her new movie Girls Trip on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley appears on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) - Drake is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) - Dove appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake is a guest on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.