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 (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, April 30

Bob's Burgers - "Like Gene for Chocolate" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Gene learns that the formula for his favorite chocolate has changed, he works with the head of the company in an attempt to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, Bob gets wrapped up in one of Teddy’s less-than-perfect plans.

Bob's Burgers - "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma Is Linda" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
After Louise gets in trouble at school, Linda is forced to meet with Mr. Frond (guest voice David Herman) and potentially could lose her hard-earned position as the Wagstaff bake sale leader. When she finds out that her daughter was actually trying to help another student, Linda is torn between following school policy or her own moral code.

The Simpsons - "Looking for Mr. Goodbart" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Bart gets in trouble on Grandparents Day at school and is forced to hang out with Skinner’s mother as punishment. After spending time with various grandmas in the neighborhood, he learns the benefits of hanging out with the elderly, but eventually recognizes the dangers of taking advantage of them. Meanwhile, Peekimon Get has taken over the town of Springfield.

Making History - "Night Cream" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
With the ever-present threat of losing tenure looming over him, Chris reaches out to John Hancock and Samuel Adams to help spice things up in the classroom in 2017. Meanwhile, Deb's dream of re-opening Chadwick's ice cream parlor is finally coming to fruition, but Dan has a few marketing ideas of his own.

Family Guy - "The Peter Principal" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Peter becomes the temporary principal at the high school, and Meg uses his new power to get even with her bullies. Meanwhile, Brian and Stewie open a bed & breakfast that quickly turns into a brothel.

The Last Man on Earth - "The Big Day" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Tandy and Gail face off in a major disagreement, on which the whole group must weigh in, and Carol is forced to choose a side. Meanwhile, Melissa, Todd and Erica each have major milestone moments.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 1)

Sunday, April 30

  • NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, May 1
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Watch Chris on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America drops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project) - Ike appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Joel McHale (The Great Indoors/Community) - Joel is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jake Johnson (New Girl) - Jake visits The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank stops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to the Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - Ashton appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison teams up with Mario Batali to make a cheesy, decadent Gnocchi Al Telefono and dishes about her new Broadway show on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Charlie Hunnam (Undeclared) - Charlie will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on the AOL Build Show at 11:15am.
  • Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey) - Nick talks about his new film Everything, Everything on the AOL Build Show at 1pm.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Hollywood Darlings/Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.