Thursday, August 22, 2013

2013 Network Fall Preview Specials; OWN Orders More Love Thy Neighbor, Schedules For Better or Worse

It's almost that time of year again...the start of the new TV season! So let's get ready for that with annual network preview specials to inform us on what is new and returning! See our Fall 2012 preview from last year.

First up we will look at ABC. ABC's Fall 2013 preview special is titled ABC Fall Preview Special Presented by The Chew. Once again ABC will air two versions -- one in primetime and one for local ABC affiliates. The primetime version will be one-hour and air on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 7pm ET. The special showcases the new fall Primetime lineup, including the brand new Tuesday line-up of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife and Lucky 7. The special will also feature the other new fall series Back in the Game, Super Fun Night, Betrayal and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. The preview show will be hosted by The Chew's entertaining and style expert Clinton Kelly from Walt Disney Studios in California. Celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, along with wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz will each feature a new series. A half-hour version will be airing on ABC Affiliates beginning Sept. 14, so check your local listings (WABC in NYC hasn't scheduled it yet). The primetime version will be reaired on ABC on Monday, Sept. 2 at 1pm ET/12pm PT and on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3:30pm ET/3pm PT. The special also airs on ABC-owned cable networks as well, as ABC Family will air it on Monday, Sept. 16 at 11:59pm. And as of now, it isn't on abc.com but it is still early.

Next is CBS. The CBS Fall 2013 preview special, simply titled CBS Fall Preview Sneak Peek will be a primetime special previewing CBS's new fall lineup on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT nationally on the CBS Television Network following an encore of The Big Bang Theory and leading into the final Thursday broadcast of Big Brother. The preview will feature sneak peeks of the five new additions to CBS's primetime schedule this fall: the drama series Hostages, and the comedy series Mom, The Crazy Ones, The Millers and We Are Men. CBS.com doesn't usually post the preview, so you'll have to watch it on-air or if you miss that, your local CBS might air it on a weekend in the daytime -- but that is not confirmed.

Moving on to NBC, the NBC Fall 2013 preview special (titled once again The NBC Primetime Preview Show) will start airing on their cable owned networks & local NBC affiliates (such as USA, Syfy, Bravo, UniHD, Chiller, mun2, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Sleuth, Xfinity, E! Entertainment Television, mun2, NBC2Go, on-demand and broadband) as of Aug. 24 and will continue to run through Oct. 6 (in NYC it is on next on WNBC Sat Sept. 1 at 7pm). The preview also will be made available to NBC affiliates and the network's owned television stations websites. In addition, American Airlines will feature the show in its in-flight programming. The special will be hosted by Sean Hayes and the cast of NBC's new comedy Sean Saves the World. The entertainment special will focus on NBC's new shows for the fall, including the dramas The Blacklist, Ironside and Dracula, along with the new comedies Welcome to the Family, The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World.

Onto Fox, the Fox Fall 2013 preview special starts airing on local Fox affiliates soon on weekends and is simply titled Fox Fall Preview Special. It will only run on local Fox affiliates again and not on Fox in primetime. No information is available as of this writing on who is hosting and what the special features, but it will of course feature their new programs: Dads, Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlisted, Almost Human, and MasterChef Junior. No idea yet also if it will be on fox.com, but check your local Fox listings for on-air showtimes.

And finally we conclude with The CW. The CW's Fall 2013 TV preview special is called The CW Fall First Look is airing on local CW affiliates as of last weekend (such as NY's WPIX on Sun. Sept 8 at 12:30am and Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3:30pm)! No word if it will also air nationally on The CW, but it didn't last year. Series featured will be Reign, The Tomorrow People, and The Originals. The affiliate special is a half-hour. No word yet on if you can watch the affiliate special online yet.


Love Thy Neighbor

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it has ordered an additional 26 episodes of the network's popular comedy from Tyler Perry Love Thy Neighbor (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) bringing the total season order to 52 episodes. The current cycle will had its two-episode finale last night, with the new episodes premiering in January 2014. As previously announced, Tyler Perry's sitcom For Better or Worse will take over the timeslot beginning Wednesday, September 18 with two back-to-back half hour episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For Better or Worse moves to OWN with all new episodes for season three. It previously aired on TBS in originals. Back to Love Thy Neighbor, it is set at a family-run diner, where feisty matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) has her hands full not only managing her customers but also her family drama. Since its debut on May 29, the series is averaging over 1 million total viewers, a 0.88 W25-54 rating and is Wednesday night's #1 original series on all of television for African American viewers.

In addition, the network has ordered an additional four episodes of the Tyler Perry drama The Haves and the Have Nots on top of the 16 additional episodes ordered in June. This brings the total order for The Haves and the Have Nots to 36 episodes for its first season. The series continues to break ratings records each week with its most recent broadcast on Tuesday, August 20 scoring its highest rated episode to-date in the network's key demo of women 25-54 (1.76 rating). Back to Tyler Perry's popular sitcom For Better or Worse, the series follows three couples as they navigate the ups-and-downs of dating and marriage. It makes its OWN debut with the premiere of its third season on Wednesday, September 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (two back-to-back half-hour episodes). In the season premiere, Leslie Norris (Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008), rushes to the hospital on her wedding day after finding out Joseph Jetson (Jason Olive, Raising Helen) has been in a serious accident, leaving her pending nuptials to fiancé Chris (Eddie Cibrian, CSI: Miami) in question.


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

Monday, July 24

Kevin Can Wait - "Kevin's Bringing Supper Back" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Kevin’s resolve to spend more quality time with his family is put to the ultimate test when his buddies surprise him with concert tickets to his favorite musician, fellow Long Islander Billy Joel. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel appears as himself.

Man with a Plan - "Kate's First Date" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Kate is asked out on her first date, Adam can’t curb his overprotective ways. Also, Don enlists Lowell’s help to buy the perfect anniversary gift for Marcy.

Mom - "Martinis and a Sponge Bath" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Christy and Adam get into a car accident, Bonnie is hurt to discover she is neither of their emergency contacts. Wendie Malick returns as Adam’s ex-wife, Danielle.

Life in Pieces - "Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Colleen teaches Matt her frugal ways, he gets hooked when he realizes how much saving money turns her on. Also, Tim attempts to fire Heather from her receptionist position at his office, John tries to break Sophia’s fear of flying by taking her for a quick flight on a small plane, and Jen plans a quiet affair for Lark’s first birthday, until the family takes over the celebration.

American Dad - "The Life and Times of Stan Smith" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Stan becomes addicted to dying after Roger tricks him into thinking he had a heart attack; Klaus takes Steve to Arizona State University for a college visit, where a fraternity hazes him.

People of Earth - "New Beginnings" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
After learning the members of StarCrossed were on the ship as kids, Ozzie tries to get the group back together; disgraced FBI agent Alex Foster gets sent to Beacon to investigate white-collar criminal Jonathan Walsh; a merger takes place on the ship.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 24)

Monday, July 24

  • Rob Lowe (The Grinder/Parks and Recreation) - Watch Rob on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. Rob and his sons, Matthew and John Owen, chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They also talk about The Lowe Files on the AOL Build Show at 2pm.
  • Laura Benanti (Go On/Starved) - Laura appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Anna Faris (Mom) - Anna is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jenny Slate (Married/Parks and Recreation) - Jenny drops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Funches (Powerless/Undateable) - Ron appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Brandy (Zoe Ever After/The Game/Moesha/Thea) - Brandy guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Kirstie Alley (Kirstie/Veronica's Closet/Cheers) - Kirstie is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Nia Long (Uncle Buck/The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Nia appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril crashes a cooking class on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) - Tracey makes cherry pie filling cake on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about People of Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti performs a jazz song on a repeat of Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • Jennie Garth (What I Like About You) - Jennie shows off her favorite RVs on Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel at 7:52am.