Thursday, June 26, 2014
ABC Family Celebrates Christmas with Half-mas Marathon; The CW Fall 2014 Premiere Dates; MeTV Remembers Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze
Yesterday ABC Family marked the halfway point to Christmas by adding a mix of original and acquired ABC Family holiday movies to its WATCH ABC Family App. With only 182 days left until Christmas, ABC Family invites the audience to sit back and enjoy "The Half-mas MERRY-THON," featuring ten of the network's popular holiday movies. Available on the app for only two weeks, this playlist is sure to bring tidings of good cheer and chase the bah-humbugs out of any Scrooge. WATCH ABC Family allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as on-demand access to the most current episodes of the network's popular series at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices, including desktops, smartphones and tablets.
The ten movies featured are a mix of classic ABC Family original movies and classic Christmas TV movies. Available are: A Very Brady Christmas, Christmas Cupid, Snowglobe, Santa Baby, Santa Baby 2, 12 Dates of Christmas, The Mistle-Tones, Holidaze, Holiday in Handcuffs, and Christmas Bounty. You'll see stars like Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Ashley Benson, Christina Milian, Jenny McCarthy, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tia Mowry, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez. Get in to the half-way Christmas spirit and get a jump start on "Christmas in July!"
The CW Network will strategically roll-out its Fall 2014 launch this October with two highly anticipated new series, The Flash and Jane the Virgin, joining returning favorites. For the third year, The CW will kick off the new season with an exclusive telecast of the biggest concert of the year, the iHeart Radio Music Festival, airing over two nights, Monday, September 29 from 8:00-10:00pm ET and Tuesday, September 30 from 8:00-10:00pm ET. Then on Thursday, October 2, all-new seasons of bloody, sexy drama return with the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries at 8 followed by Mary, Queen of Scots continuing her Reign at 9. The Originals returns to wreak havoc on a new night, Monday, October 6 at 8, followed by a special retrospective look back at the past nine seasons of Supernatural at 9. One of the most buzzed-about new series of the season, The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the Fastest Man Alive, premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8 leading into the return of the Winchester brothers in the tenth season premiere of Supernatural at 9.
Oliver Queen fights to protect Starling City in the third season premiere of Arrow on Wednesday, October 8 at 8, followed by a special encore presentation of the series debut of The Flash at 9. The CW's heartwarming new one-hour comedy Jane The Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez, premieres Monday, October 13 at 9. And finally, the critically-acclaimed adventure drama The 100 returns Wednesday, October 22 at 9.
The MeTV Network will pay tribute to the late Eli Wallach this Saturday (June 28). They will air both of his Batman episodes starting at 7:00pm ET, as a tribute. He of course played Mr. Freeze on the classic '60s series in this arc. George Sanders and Otto Preminger were also Mr. Freeze during the series run. The episodes airing with Wallach are "Ice Spy" and "The Duo Defy." MeTV will air both of those. Mr. Wallach was 98.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)
10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Friday, December 2
Last Man Standing - "Precious Snowflakes" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school’s graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve’s friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.
Dr. Ken - "D.K's New Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice.
I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.
“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.
“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.
In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.
“Lucy Gets in Pictures” was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”
Liv and Maddie: Cali Style - "Cali Christmas-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Maddie gets upset that she can't be in Wisconsin for Christmas, so Liv helps cheer her up.
Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Christmas approaches, Riley gets excited to celebrate her favorite holiday, but for Maya, the holidays only bring back unhappy memories from her childhood.
Bunk'd - "How the Griff Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays arrive at Camp Kikiwaka with everyone in good spirits -- except for Griff.
Friday, December 2
- Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
- Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Kevin Quinn (Bunk'd) - Kevin appears on People Now at 8:30am.
- Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - NBC's Today catches up with Miss Piggy in the 10am hour.
- Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent/Someone Like Me) - Gaby appears on Chelsea on Netflix.