Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ABC Family's 2013 Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Schedule; Comedy Bang! Bang! Gets 3rd Season on IFC

Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas

ABC Family will once again start Christmas early and will give thanks with new holiday programming during the "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" from November 20-30, 2013. The annual "countdown" event will include the world premiere of the new movie Christmas Bounty on Tuesday, November 26 from 7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family will also air the network television premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on Sunday, November 30 at 8:00PM ET/PT, plus the ABC Family premieres of Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown and Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown on Wednesday, November 27. A Harry Potter marathon will air on on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28 from 1:00PM-12:00 AM ET/PT.

Other films airings during this year's "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" include Disney•Pixar's Up, Disney•Pixar's WALL•E, The Princess and the Frog, Christmas in Boston, Mulan, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Sky High, Hook, Happy Feet, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Dennis the Menace, Dennis the Menace Christmas, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Bruce Almighty, Fred Claus, Richie Rich's Christmas Wish, Richie Rich, Unlikely Angel, Snoopy, Come Home, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Nanny McPhee, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and the Harry Potter films. If you're wondering, original series Ravenswood will wrap up its first half of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8PM following a recap marathon from 4-8PM. The series will return in 2014 after the holidays are over. Remember, the series premieres next Tuesday (Oct. 22) at a special time of 9|8c following the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode special.

We mentioned that the Jennie Garth/Cameron Mathison movie would air during the Countdown, but now ABC Family will air that during the actual 25 Days of Christmas. Stay tuned for the actual "25 Days of Christmas" (Dec. 1-25) schedule later this week. Holiday season is already right around the corner -- wow! But first don't forget about ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween.

Comedy Bang Bang

Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! is coming back with a bang to IFC. The fan favorite comedy series was renewed for a third season with 20 half-hour episodes, scheduled to air in two ten episode installments, in 2014. With ringleader and comedian Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis; writer/performer, Mr. Show), the show has flipped the script on the late night talk show format and propelled it into a far off galaxy. Infusing untraditional celebrity interviews and comedy sketches with a tinge of the surreal, Scott engages his guests with unfiltered, deadpan lines of questioning, accented by banter and beats provided by Reggie Watts (Conan, Jash). Each celebrity appearance is blended with mind-bending filmed shorts, random character cameos and over-the-top spoofs.

Season two featured an impressive line-up of well-known comedians and actors, including Jessica Alba, Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Pee-wee Herman, Gillian Jacobs, Rashida Jones, Anna Kendrick, Andy Richter, Zoe Saldana, Andy Samberg, Jason Schwartzman, Sarah Silverman, Cobie Smulders and Casey Wilson along with many more that can be seen at www.ifc.com/comedy-bang-bang.

New on DVD/Blu-ray (October)

Bewitched - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) The Facts of Life - Season Seven My Favorite Martian - The Complete Series Grace Under Fire - The Complete Collection

10/06 - Bewitched - The Complete Collection
10/06 - Grace Under Fire - The Complete Collection
10/06 - Happyish - Season One
10/06 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/06 - Party Down - The Complete Series
10/06 - South Park - The Complete Eighteenth Season (Blu-ray)
10/20 - C.P.O. Sharkey - Mr. Warmth: The Ultimate Don Rickles TV Collection
10/20 - The Facts of Life - Season Seven
10/20- King of the Hill - The Complete 13th Season (Blu-ray)
10/20 - My Favorite Martian - The Complete Series
10/20 - Nurse Jackie - Season Seven ((Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 13

The Muppets - "Pig Out" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The gang has an epic night out when they run into Ed Helms at Rowlf’s Tavern and they all perform their favorite karaoke jams, but Kermit is not pleased when no one shows up to work the next day. Meanwhile, Fozzie has an unfortunate accident during the show.

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Fall Ball" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Eddie’s first school dance approaches, Louis is determined to make the night as perfect as a John Hughes film. Meanwhile, Jessica spends the day with Grandma Huang in hopes of getting on her good side so she will invest in her new business venture.

Grandfathered - "Guys' Night" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t know much about Gerald, he decides to take him out for a night on the town. Meanwhile Annelise hires a new mixologist to spice things up at the restaurant.

The Grinder - "The Curious Disappearance of Mr. Donovan" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Convinced that the only explanation for Claire’s non-interest in him is that she’s a mole, Dean tells Stewart that Claire is sharing secrets with a rival firm. Although Stewart dismisses the accusation, Dean is set on proving his brother wrong. Meanwhile, Deb and Claire strike up a friendship, the gossipy nature of which propels Stewart to question whether Claire can be trusted after all.

Family Time - "Forbidden Fruits" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Tony gets a new client, who happens to be a very attractive woman; Lisa and Tony are struggling to complete a ten-day all juice diet.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 12) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, October 13

  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Catch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about his new book on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sophia Bush (Partners) - Sophia appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Josh Meyers (That '70s Show) - Josh stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Scott Weinger (Fuller House/Full House) - Scott and the cast of Aladdin reunite on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and HuffPost Live at 2pm..
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show/Tyler Perry's House of Payne) - Keshia talks about Will to Love on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. She will also be on HuffPost Live at 1pm.
  • Joe Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Joe and Charlie Puth announce nominees in six categories for the 2015 American Music Awards on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick will be on FABLife, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.