Thursday, December 17, 2015

ASPiRE Acquires Mod Squad, Soul Food; Syfy's Twilight Zone Marathon Goes HD

Mod Squad

ASPiRE has acquired all five seasons (124 episodes) of cool crime drama series The Mod Squad. The series will debut Monday, January 4, launching "Mod Squad Mondays" from 2 to 8pm EST. All three members of The Mod Squad were on probation when they were recruited for a special "Youth Squad" to infiltrate the counterculture and ferret out criminals. The series stars Michael Cole (Mr. Brooks) as Pete Cochran, Peggy Lipton (Psych) as Julie Barnes, Clarence Williams III (Lee Daniels' The Butler, American Gangster) as Linc Hayes and the late Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer. Cole, Lipton and Williams were billed as the hippest cops on TV. The series premiered on ABC in 1968 and earned six Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations (including one win). A 1970 episode, "Mother of Sorrow," was ranked #95 on TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time."

Soul Food

ASPiRE also announced it has acquired all five seasons (74 episodes) of the critically acclaimed family drama series Soul Food. The award-winning series reunites the Joseph family and a talented, eclectic ensemble cast starring Malinda Williams (UP's A Baby for Christmas, Girlfriend's Getaway) as Tracy "Bird" Van Adams, Vanessa Williams (UP's Raising Izzie), as Maxine Chadway, Nicole Ari Parker (Rosewood, Murder in the First) as Teri Joseph, Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy, The Mentalist) as Kenny Chadway, Darrin Dewitt Henson (UP's In the Meantime) as Lem Van Adams, Boris Kodjoe (Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Last Man on Earth) as Damon Carter and Aaron Meeks (Crossing Jordan) as Ahmad Chadway. Soul Food will premiere on ASPiRE with a three day New Years weekend marathon beginning at noon EST on Friday, January 1.

ASPiRE will support the premiere of Soul Food with a multi-level social media campaign that will include a family photo contest, pop-up facts and trivia about the series, Facebook ads, #FoodfortheSoul countdown menus, a special pre-holiday email blast, "Soul Food Sunday Recipes" shared weekly on the network's social media platforms, and a Soul Food countdown clock and quiz on ASPiRE.tv.


The TWilight Zone

Syfy will take viewers into a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity during its 21st annual New Year's Eve The Twilight Zone marathon, which will air all 156 episodes of Rod Serling's legendary TV series in chronological order and in HD for the first time ever on the channel. The 87-hour marathon will begin Wednesday, December 30 at 7PM (ET/PT), concluding Sunday, January 3 at 12PM. The only interruption will be the telecast of WWE SmackDown(R) on Thursday, December 31 from 8-10PM. Among The Twilight Zone fan favorites will be Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (starring William Shatner); The Encounter (starring George Takei); Time Enough At Last; Living Doll; To Serve Man and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, November 21

The Middle - "Eyes Wide Open" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue’s excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching “Silence of the Lambs”; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike’s aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn’t know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute couple.

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Vouch" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Louis gets himself into a sticky situation when he lies to Jessica and tells her that he loves her newly finished horror novel. When news that Kenny Rogers is paying a visit to Cattleman’s Ranch, Jessica insists that Louis give him a copy of her book for his agent, making him extremely uncomfortable. Eddie and his friends purchase a 300-disc CD carousel to play all of their music, but Eddie thinks he is the only one in charge and becomes a tyrant.

The Mick - "The Homecoming" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mickey and Jimmy decide to take the gang back to their hometown in celebration of Jimmy's high school baseball jersey number being retired; Chip and Sabrina become caught in a difficult situation with a group of spoiled teens.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Two Turkeys" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Jake and Amy hope to have their parents bond over Thanksgiving dinner, but the family's first holiday together doesn't go as well as they planned; Capt. Holt searches for the person who stole an important Thanksgiving pie from him and Kevin.

Teachers - "Dire Straights" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Feldman struggles between her budding romance with Fillmore’s new anti-drug officer and her love of marijuana. Ms. Watson becomes addicted to bingo; Mrs. Adler wreaks havoc when she tries to quit smoking.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 20)

Tuesday, November 21

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul is a musical guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • John Leguziamo (The Brothers Garcia) - Catch John on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Daveed Diggs (black-ish) - Daveed visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) - Carly is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Jim appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Michael Rapaport (Atypical/The War at Home) - Michael is a guest on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/The Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - Sofia stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mario Cantone (Sex and the City) - Mario appears on The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Anthony Anderson (black-ish/Guys with Kids/All About the Andersons) - Anthony is a guest on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Suzanne Somers (Three's Company/She's the Sheriff/Step by Step) - Suzanne talks about her new book Two's Company on Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Facts of Life/Living Single) - Kim talks about her book Blessed Life and the Lifetime movie Wrapped Up in Christmas on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Love That Girl!/Second Generation Wayans) - Tatyana talks about the Lifetime movie Wrapped Up in Christmas on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about the Hallmark Channel original movie The Christmas Train on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Alicia Witt (Cybill) - Alicia talks about the Hallmark Channel original movie The Mistletoe Inn on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Bob Saget (Full House/Surviving Suburbia/How I Met Your Mother) - Bob is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn/Marry Me/Mr. Box Office/The Bill Engvall Show) - Tim appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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