Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ABC Mid-Season 2016 Schedule and Premieres; getTV Showcases Classic TV Variety Specials for Christmas

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The ABC Television Network has announced midseason premiere dates for new series Of Kings & Prophets, My Diet Is Better Than Yours, The Catch, The Family and new comedy The Real O'Neals. Season premiere dates were also announced for returning favorites The Bachelor, Beyond The Tank, Galavant and Marvel's Agent Carter. They will join the schedule with acclaimed series American Crime, previously announced to make its second-season premiere Wednesday, January 6 at 10pm. As for current series, the mid-season premieres are as follow: Tuesday comedies The Muppets and Fresh Off the Boat will return with all-new episodes beginning Tuesday, February 2. The TGIT lineup of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder returns with all-new episodes Thursday, February 11. Once Upon a Time and Quantico return with all-new episodes Sunday, March 6. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns with all-new episodes Tuesday, March 8. Nashville returns with all new episodes Wednesday, March 16. The rest of the current ABC series will run all-season long, like ABC Wednesday and Friday comedies, Castle and Shark Tank. Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars premiere date will be announced at a later date. And the return of Secrets and Lies and new comedy Uncle Buck's premiere dates will also be announced at a later date.

Below are ABC's midseason premiere dates (all times ET):

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
8:00-9:00 p.m. Galavant (Season 2 Premiere)

MONDAY, JANUARY 4
8:00-10:00 p.m. The Bachelor (Season 20 Premiere)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
9:00-11:00 p.m. Marvel's Agent Carter (Season 2 Premiere, 2 hours, regular time period 9-10 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
10:00 p.m. American Crime (Season 2 Premiere)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
8:00-10:00 p.m. My Diet Is Better Than Yours (Series Premiere, 2 hours)
10:00 p.m. Beyond the Tank (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
8:00 p.m. The Muppets (New Episodes)
8:30 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (New Episodes)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
8:00 p.m. Grey's Anatomy (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m. Scandal (New Episodes)
10:00 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (New Episodes)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
8:30 p.m. The Real O'Neals (Sneak Preview)
9:30 p.m. The Real O'Neals (Sneak Preview)

THURSDAY, MARCH 3
9:00 p.m. The Family (Sneak Preview)

SUNDAY, MARCH 6
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m. The Family (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 p.m. Quantico (New Episodes)

TUESDAY, MARCH 8
8:00 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (New Time Period)
8:30 p.m. The Real O'Neals (Time Period Premiere)
9:00 p.m. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Series Return, New Episodes)
10:00 p.m. Of Kings & Prophets (Series Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
10:00 p.m. American Crime (Season Finale)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
10:00 p.m. Nashville (Series Return, New Episodes)

THURSDAY, MARCH 17
10:00 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (Season Finale)

THURSDAY, MARCH 24
10:00 p.m. The Catch (Series Premiere)



The Judy Garland Show

It's beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas on getTV, as the network presents a month of classic Yuletide specials hosted by some of Hollywood's most legendary variety stars, every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, from November 25 through December 23. As part of the festivities, getTV will also air a Christmas-themed Monday Night Variety Block packed with holiday episodes of The Judy Garland Show, The Andy Williams Show and The Merv Griffin Show on November 23 at 8 p.m. ET; as well as a comprehensive 30-hour marathon featuring all of getTV's holiday specials, starting Christmas Eve at 12 p.m. ET through Christmas Day at 6 p.m. ET. The specials are all part of getTV's continuing efforts to unearth rare Hollywood classic movies and TV, and many of them, including specials from Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Andy Williams, Perry Como, and Mitzi Gaynor, have not been seen on television in decades, often since their first broadcasts 40-50 years ago.

The Yuletide celebration begins on Monday, November 23, with the star-studded holiday episode of The Judy Garland Show at 8 p.m. ET, which airs weekly in the same time slot as part of getTV's Monday night block of variety programming. Guests include Garland's children Lorna Luft, Joey Luft and Liza Minnelli, as well as Jack Jones, and Mel Tormé, who performs his own legendary composition, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)." Judy herself performs carols such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," the iconic standard that she first introduced to the world in the 1944 movie Meet Me In St. Louis. Next, at 9 p.m. ET, Andy Williams highlights some of his favorite Christmas moments in Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show, packed with holiday standards such as "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Ave Maria," and more, along with unforgettable duets as Andy and his brothers harmonize with the Osmond clan. And Merv Griffin closes out the evening with guests Florence Henderson, Barbara McNair, and Jimmy Boyd singing his signature song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in a special Christmas edition of The Merv Griffin Show, at 10 p.m. ET. For a complete schedule of films and times, visit www.get.tv/schedule. In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the specials mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month.

Photo above is from The Judy Garland Show: (L-R) Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February)

I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized) The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two Hooperman - Season One 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season

01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One / Review
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two / Review
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, February 20

Kevin Can Wait - "Neighborhood Watch" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Donna’s cousin, Irene (Claire Coffee), comes to visit with her chatty husband, Stuart (Alexander Chaplin), Kevin concocts an elaborate plan to avoid spending time with them by forming a neighborhood watch group with his buddies, including his neighbor, Rootger (Bas Rutten).

Man with a Plan - "Kate's First Date" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
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.

Superior Donuts - "Trust Me" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Arthur is reluctant to let Franco make the shop’s bank deposit, Franco accuses his boss of not trusting him. Also, James regrets confiding in Randy after she shares an embarrassing secret about him with other cops at the station.

2 Broke Girls - "And the Jessica Shmessica" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
When Bobby (Christopher Gorham) invites Caroline to a party to meet his family, she is eager to make a good impression but isn’t prepared for the torch that his mother and sisters still carry for Bobby’s ex-girlfriend. Also, Caroline’s nerves are even more frayed when the diner gang decides to tag along. Guest stars include Nora Dunn as Bobby’s mother, Teresa, and Kerri Kenney-Silver as his sister, Denise.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 20)

Monday, February 20

  • Jason Jones (The Detour) - Watch Jason on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Norm Macdonald (The Norm Show/A Minute with Stan Hooper) - Norm is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - NeNe guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H) - Mike, Loretta and Jamie are guests on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Anne-Marie Johnson (What's Happening Now!!) - Anne-Marie discusses diversity at the Oscars on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) - Adam joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Rosie Perez (Search Party) - Rosie is a guest on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York sometime between 7-10am.
  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Regina appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Louie Anderson (Baskets/The Louie Show/Life with Louie) - Louie is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.