Thursday, June 30, 2016

Norman Lear's Favorites Marathon on Antenna TV; New Lost in Space Coming to Netflix

Norman Lear

This Sunday, July 3, 2016, Antenna TV will bring you the Norman Lear's Favorites Marathon. His shows were the center of the golden age of television and his shows are at the heart of Antenna TV. Now legendary TV producer and writer Norman Lear has personally picked his favorite episodes exclusively for Antenna TV. With a mix of social commentary and brilliant comedy, watch these classic episodes along with Norman's own personal memories. The all-time classics begin at 3pm this Sunday beginning with All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, One Day at a Time and The Jeffersons. Please see below for the schedule:

3:00 PM All in the Family "Archie, the Hero"
3:30 PM All in the Family "Lionel's Engagement"
4:00 PM Maude "Maude's Dilemma, Part 1"
4:30 PM Maude "Maude's Dilemma, Part 2"
5:00 PM Good Times "The Evans Get Involved, I"
5:30 PM Good Times "The Evans Get Involved, II"
6:00 PM Good Times "The Evans Get Involved, III"
6:30 PM Good Times "The Evans Get Involved, IV"
7:00 PM One Day at a Time "Dad Comes Back, Part 1"
7:30 PM One Day at a Time "Dad Comes Back, Part 2"
8:00 PM Good Times "Black Jesus"
8:30 PM The Jeffersons "A Friend in Need"
9:00 PM Maude "Maude Bares Her Soul"
9:30 PM All in the Family "Archie Is Branded"


Lost in Space

Lost in Space is coming back! Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, has ordered a 10-episode first season of the one-hour sci-fi drama, from Legendary TV, based on the beloved 1960's sci-fi classic from Irwin Allen. Reimagined by feature writing team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter), with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) showrunning, the series will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2018. Taking its cues from the original series, the show centers around the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, it is a survival story for the ages.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ABC Fall 2016 Premiere Dates; Sundance TV to Air Ghostbusters Stunt

ABC

And now we have ABC's Fall 2016 premiere dates! ABC will launch the 2016-17 season with a stable of returning hit shows and five new series to join the schedule. The new season kicks off with Dancing with the Stars making its 23rd season premiere on Monday, September 12 from 8-10pm. ABC will have the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18. On Tuesday, September 20, ABC will have a two-hour Dancing with the Stars Results Show leading into the season premiere of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD at 10. ABC's Wednesday comedies launch on Sept. 21 with The Goldbergs at its new time of 8pm leading into new comedy Speechless starring Minnie Driver at 8:30pm. Megahit Modern Family and black-ish follow in the 9pm hour. Then at 10pm, new drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland in his return to primetime premieres. On Thursday, Sept. 22, ABC's TGIT block returns with Grey's Anatomy at 8, new drama Notorious inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, airs at 9pm as Scandal is held to mid-season due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy. At 10pm, the season premiere of How To Get Away With Murder will premiere. The next night on Friday, Sept. 23, the consistent Friday line-up returns with Last Man Standing at 8, Dr. Ken at 8:30, Shark Tank at 9 and 20/20 at 10.

ABC's Sunday dramas return on Sunday, Sept. 25 with veteran Once Upon a Time at 8, followed by sophomore seasons of Secrets & Lies at 9 and Quantico at 10. AFV will premiere a week later on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7pm. New drama Conviction featuring Hayley Atwell (Marvel's Agent Carter), will launch on Monday, October 3 at 10pm due to Presidential Debate on Monday, Sept. 26. ABC's Dancing with the Stars will likely air on Tuesday, Sept. 27 that week due to the debate on Monday. And finally, ABC's Tuesday comedy block will launch on Tuesday, Oct. 11, due to the VP Debate on Oct. 4. The Middle moves to its new night at 8pm, followed by new comedy American Housewife starring Katy Mixon (Mike and Molly) at 8:30pm. Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O'Neals will air from 9-10pm.


Ghostbusters

It's #SundanceTVMovietime and SundanceTV is dialing up Peter, Raymond and Egon for an all-day marathon of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, starting Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. EST/10:00 a.m. CST, to celebrate the reboot of the film, which hits theaters Friday, July 15, 2016. Viewers can settle in to watch their favorite team of paranormal experts take on ghosts, ghouls and Marshmallow Men alike in these classic comedies starring Bill Murray (Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Caddy Shack) Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers, Driving Miss Daisy, Coneheads), Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Analyze This) and Sigourney Weaver (Avatar, Alien). Both films will air three times each during the day from 11am-2am.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Baby Daddy Gets 6th Season, Will Reach Over 100 Episodes; Jon Cryer Takes a Journey

Baby Daddy

Freeform's No. 1 comedy Baby Daddy has been picked up for a sixth season which will take the series to 100 episodes. The hit comedy launched the back-half of its fifth season June 1 to time-period winning ratings and has grown in subsequent weeks to near 1-year ratings highs in key target demographics. In season six, Ben will remain on his quest to find the "girl of his dreams" and Emma's new mom while Danny and Riley figure out their future. Baby Daddy follows Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a young man in New York City living a bachelor's life with his buddy, Tucker (Tahj Mowry), and his brother, Danny (Derek Theler), a professional hockey player. Their lives are turned upside down when they came home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben's. Ben and his close-knit family and friends, including his overbearing mom Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) and close friend Riley (Chelsea Kane) band together to raise baby Emma together, navigating lives and loves with a kid in tow.

Baby Daddy currently airs on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Freeform. You can catch a sneak peek clip from the episode on Wednesday, June 29, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoifQG1KuwI. Baby Daddy stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler, Tahj Mowry, with Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane. Baby Daddy is a multi-camera comedy that shoots in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles. The Baby Daddy pick-up joins other recently announced Freeform programming including series Famous In Love, Marvel's Cloak and Dagger, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After and pilot Issues.


Jon Cryer

Award-winning actor, Jon Cryer (sitcom Two and a Half Men), sets flight for a journey that tops his bucket list in the first installment of Travel Channel's new series of specials, Celebrity Adventure Club, premiering on Friday, July 1 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. In each hour-long feature, Travel Channel hands the camera to some of the world's biggest stars and asks them to explore what compels and inspires them, taking viewers along as they travel around the world on an intimate adventure of discovery and exploration.

In the premiere, Cryer - an avid space enthusiast - suits up for a trip to the global hubs of all space activity: Washington, D.C., Houston and Russia. In each location, Cryer delves into the world of space travel firsthand, meeting with real-life astronauts at iconic locations such as NASA Headquarters, the Johnson Space Center and Russia's Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Cryer gains a deeper understanding of space programs and experiences firsthand the same exercises that American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts undergo for their missions - including zero gravity training, spending time inside Space Station and Space Shuttle mock-ups and testing his body's limits in a centrifuge. Cryer gets a true feel for Russian culture as he experiences a celebratory parade replete with tanks and vodka, explores the busy streets of Moscow and samples local cuisine.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hulu's Fall 2016 Premieres; Netflix Schedules Haters Back Off for Fall

Hulu

Hulu has announced Fall 2016 premiere dates for a returning comedy, a new special and three all-new dramas. First up is the special The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. That premieres Saturday, September 17 and is directed and produced by Ron Howard. Based on the first part of The Beatles' career (1962-1966), Ron Howard's film will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, "The Beatles." Then it is season five of The Mindy Project, streaming weekly beginning Tuesday, October 4 for 16 episodes and starring Mindy Kaling, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore and Fortune Feimster. The comedy of course is a single-camera comedy series created by and starring Emmy(R)-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling, which follows a skilled OB/GYN navigated the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life.

Then they announced premieres for 3 new dramas. First up is Chance, streaming weekly beginning Wednesday, October 19 for episodes 10 and starring Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee and Stefania LaVie Owen. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kem Nunn, Chance is a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Dr. Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. Then they announced new drama Freakish, premiering sometime in October for 10 episodes. The series stars Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Aislinn Paul, Meghan Rienks, Melvin Gragg, Tyler Chase, Mary Mouser, Chad L. Coleman with Hayes Grier. During Saturday detention, bells ring signaling a containment drill and evacuation - not out of the ordinary for a town with a large chemical plant. The 20 students and the basketball coach retreat to the school fallout shelter for the duration of the drill. Only it's not a drill...

And the final drama is Shut Eye, which was slated for August 31 but will now premiere on Wednesday, December 7 for 10 episodes. Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Isabella Rossellini, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Susan Misner, Angus Sampson and David Zayas star. Charlie Haverford (Donovan) is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client's angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new "clairvoyant," and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. Charlie's wife Linda (Strickland) is sick and tired of their mediocre life and wants to break away from Fonso (Sampson), the single father who runs the Marks family's psychic empire and controls the Haverford's future. Rossellini co-stars as Rita, the cunning, seductive and sadistic matriarch of the Marks clan.


Haters Back Off

Netflix has announced a series premiere date for Haters Back Off. All eight (8) episodes of Haters Back Off will premiere globally on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:01am PST exclusively on Netflix. Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, Haters Back Off delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous, it's just no one knows it yet. The series stars Colleen Ballinger as Miranda Sings, Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) as Miranda's overly confident and utterly misguided Uncle Jim, Angela Kinsey (The Office) as Miranda's mom, Bethany, and Erik Stocklin, Miranda's neighbor and best friend, Patrick.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer 2016 Week 4 Sitcom Ratings

Summer has now started. We will be back with our normal weekly ratings report with the first four nights numbers and analysis in the fall, but we still will have our regular how the sitcoms did all summer long! Here are our summer ratings:


Summer Week 4 (June 20-26) How the Sitcoms Did
(Sun comedies are previous week and Fri/Sat are prelim ratings)
Sorted by 18-49 Rtg
TitleNetworkTimeDayTotal Viewers18-49 RtgNotes







The Big Bang TheoryCBS8:00PMThu7,206,0001.36REPEAT
Life In PiecesCBS8:30PMThu5,145,0001.05REPEAT
Uncle BuckABC9:00PMTue3,469,0000.991hr
Modern FamilyABC9:00PMWed3,483,0000.91REPEAT
black-ishABC9:30PMWed3,116,0000.84REPEAT
MomCBS8:00PMMon4,649,0000.83REPEAT
Fresh off the BoatABC10:00PMWed2,729,0000.83REPEAT
The MiddleABC8:00PMWed3,832,0000.80REPEAT
The GoldbergsABC8:30PMWed3,335,0000.80REPEAT
2 Broke GirlsCBS8:30PMMon4,019,0000.79REPEAT
The MiddleABC8:00PMTue2,997,0000.69REPEAT
The Real O'NealsABC10:30PMWed2,181,0000.68REPEAT
black-ishABC8:30PMTue2,486,0000.63REPEAT
The SimpsonsFox8:47PMSun1,482,0000.49REPEAT
Brooklyn Nine-NineFox9:00PMSun1,193,0000.43REPEAT
Family GuyFox9:30PMSun1,103,0000.42REPEAT
MomCBS9:00PMThu

preempted
The Odd CoupleCBS9:30PMThu

preempted
The Last Man on EarthFox9:30PMSun

preempted
The SimpsonsFox8:30PMFri

preempted
The SimpsonsFox8:00PMFri

preempted
Bob's BurgersFox7:30PMSun

preempted
The Guide to Surviving LifeFox7:00PMSun

canceled
BordertownFox7:00PMSun

canceled
CrowdedNBC9:30PMSun

canceled
GrandfatheredFox8:30PMTue

canceled
The GrinderFox9:30PMTue

canceled
The MuppetsABC8:00PMTue

canceled
Angel from HellCBS8:30PMSat

canceled
Angel from HellCBS8:00PMSat

canceled
TelenovelaNBC8:30PMMon

canceled
UndatelableNBC8:00PMFri

canceled
GalavantABC8:00PMSun

canceled
Truth Be ToldNBC8:30PMFri

canceled
Significant MotherCW9:30PMMon

canceled
Mike & MollyCBS8:00PMMon

canceled
The Carmichael ShowNBC8:00PMSun

completed
New GirlFox8:00PMTue

completed
Last Man StandingABC8:00PMFri

completed
Dr. KenABC8:30PMFri

completed
SuperstoreNBC8:00PMMon

completed

SOURCE: Nielsen Media Research


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April/May/June)

Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season ALF - The Complete DVD Collection The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series

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
05/02 - Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms - Make TV Great Again
05/09 - ALF - The Complete DVD Collection
05/09 - Divorce - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
05/09 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Second Season
05/16 - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - The Complete Series
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
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, June 24

The Thundermans - "Thunder in Paradise" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Thundermans travel to Hawaii for summer vacation, but there is trouble in paradise as Phoebe inadvertently has absorbed Dark Mayhem's evil powers, and now is determined to complete his plan for world domination.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "I Got Her Card" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jennifer decides to take Richard's legal trouble into her own hands.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "I Have Lived" (OWN, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Marcus' ex-teammate shows up at C-Sports.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "All the Voices" (OWN, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The guys come to the rescue of William, Marcus' old teammate.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 19)

Friday, June 23

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Prepon (Are You There, Chelsea?/That '70s Show) - Laura appears on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael plays Pyramid on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) - Zoe and Iain talk about their upcoming CBS sitcom Young Sheldon on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melora Hardin (The Office/Wedding Band) - Melora talks about Freeform's The Bold Type on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso guest co-hosts Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maggie Lawson (Angel from Hell/Back in the Game/Crumbs/It's All Relative/Inside Schwartz) - Maggie talks about Hallmark Channel's original movie My Favorite Wedding on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Rhys Darby (Wrecked/Flight of the Conchords) - Rhys talks about Wrecked on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (New Girl/Happy Endings) - Damon will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.