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

ABC Family's Half-mas Merry-thon

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

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.


Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze in Batman

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 (September)

New Girl - The Complete Season Three The Goldbergs - The Complete First Season The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Seventh Season Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season One How I Met Your Mother - The Ninth and Legendary Final Season

Modern Family - The Complete Fifth Season Mom - The Complete First Season Mike & Molly - The Complete Fourth Season

09/02 - Benson - Season 1 (Mill Creek) / Season 2 / Seasons 1 & 2
09/02 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Halloween Episodes Collection
09/02 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season Nine
09/02 - The League - The Complete Season Five
09/02 - New Girl - The Complete Season Three
09/02 - Soap - Season 1 (Mill Creek) / Season 2 / Seasons 1 & 2
09/02 - What's Happening!! - Season 1 (Mill Creek) / Season 2 / Seasons 1 & 2
09/09 - The Goldbergs - The Complete First Season
09/11 - Growing Up Fisher - Season One
09/16 - About a Boy - Season One
09/16 - Awkward - Season 3
09/16 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray/DVD)
09/16 - South Park - Season 17 (Blu-ray)
09/23 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season One
09/23 - How I Met Your Mother - The Ninth and Legendary Final Season / The Complete Series
09/23 - Mama's Family - The Complete Fifth Season / The Complete Collection
09/23 - Modern Family - The Complete Fifth Season
09/23 - Mom - The Complete First Season
09/30 - The Donna Reed Show - Season 1 (MPI)
09/30 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Fourth Season
Other TV Series:
09/02 - Grey's Anatomy - The Complete Tenth Season
09/09 - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
09/16 - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Fourteenth Season
09/16 - Castle - The Complete Sixth Season
09/23 - Nashville - The Complete Second Season
09/23 - Scandal - The Complete Third Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, September 30

Selfie - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Social Media superstar Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But after a workplace mishap goes viral, she quickly realizes that being “instafamous” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She enlists co-worker and marketing guru, Henry, to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world, whether she ‘likes’ it or not.

Manhattan Love Story - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
In “Pilot,” the audience is introduced to Dana and Peter: young, single and attractive making their way in the big city. Dana grew up in a small town with her sights set on New York romanticizing about the life and love it had to offer while Peter, by contrast, grew up there and feels like he has been there and done that when it comes to life in Manhattan. Dana is determined to succeed in New York in both business and love, while Peter is perfectly content to go on dating his way through it. While it is the streets of New York that offers this duo a first glimpse of each other, it’s family and friends who conspire to set them up. The audience will go along for the ride as they venture on their first date and hear exactly what they really think of each other.

New Girl - "Julie Berkman's Older Sister" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jess’ dad (guest star Rob Reiner) arrives with his new girlfriend, who happened to be Jess and Cece’s high-school rival (guest star Kaitlin Olson). Meanwhile, Schmidt recruits the guys to be part of a focus group at work to help him land a big new account.

The Mindy Project - "Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Mindy comes face-to-face with tax troubles and devises a plan to “rekindle” a fake relationship with Cliff (guest star Glen Howerton), in order to save the practice from her fraudulent past. Meanwhile, Peter and Jeremy secretly try to outdo each other and win Lauren’s (guest star Tracey Wigfield) love.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 29) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, September 30

  • Martin Short (Mulaney/I'm a Big Girl Now) - Catch Martin on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Don Rickles (C.P.O. Sharkey/Daddy Dearest) - Mr. Warmth is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Nathan Lane (Modern Family/Encore! Encore!/Charlie Lawrence) - Nathan visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Garry Marshall (Creator of Happy Days/Laverne & Shirley/Mork & Mindy) - Garry stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent/Arrested Development/The Larry Sanders Show) - Jeffrey appears on The Colbert Report at 11:30pm on Comedy Central.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge) - Kate is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • B.J. Novak (The Office) - B.J. visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke chats on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons and Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish/Reed Between the Lines/Girlfriends) - The stars of ABC's black-ish are guests on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Lena Dunham (Girls) - Lena is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman (Manhattan Love Story/Are You There, Chelsea?/Quintuplets) - The stars of ABC's Manhattan Love Story chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They also join the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Jennie Garth (Mystery Girls/What I Like About You) - Jennie shows the remodel of her personal home on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York between 7-10am.