Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TCA 2017 Winter Press Tour: ABC and Freeform, Includes ABC Mid-Season 2017 Schedule and Freeform Spring Premieres

ABC

ABC and Freeform were up yesterday at the TCA 2017 Winter Press Tour and lots of info was given. The ABC Television Network has announced midseason premiere dates for the mini-series When We Rise and series premiere dates for the one-hour drama Time After Time, half-hour comedy Imaginary Mary and the event movie Dirty Dancing, as well as returning series The Catch and American Crime, and the spring returns of Once Upon a Time and Designated Survivor. New comedy Downward Dog will premiere in Summer 2017. In addition, previously announced The Toy Box premieres Friday, April 7, 8:00-9:00 p.m. and TGIT returns Thursday, January 26. The full new dates are below:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 - THURSDAY, MARCH 2
9:00-11:00 p.m. When We Rise

SUNDAY, MARCH 5
8:00-9:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9:00-11:00 p.m. Time After Time (Two-Hour Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
10:00-11:00 p.m. Designated Survivor

THURSDAY, MARCH 9
10:00-11:00 p.m. The Catch (Season Two Premiere)

SUNDAY, MARCH 12
9:00-10:00 p.m. Time After Time (Time-Period Premiere)

SUNDAY, MARCH 12
10:00-11:00 p.m. American Crime (Season Three Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
8:30-9:00 p.m. Imaginary Mary (Sneak Peek)

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
9:30-10:00 p.m. Imaginary Mary (Time-Period Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
8:00-11:00 p.m. Dirty Dancing


Freeform

Freeform made some key announcements at TCA for its 2017 schedule with the series pickup of drama The Bold Type (formerly Issues); The Bachelor spin-off Happily Ever After? franchise returns and will feature fan favorite twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, premiering March 20; and a fifth season order for The Fosters, which will bring the show to a landmark 100 episodes. It was also announced that Freeform's original hit comedies Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy will return with all-new episodes on a new night - Monday, March 13. Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, the pilot The Bold Type (formerly Issues) has been picked up to series and is set to premiere in summer 2017. The Bachelor spin-off Happily Ever After? franchise franchise will continue with a new unscripted series, titled The Twins: Happily Ever After?, and will follow the fan favorite twins Emily and Haley Ferguson from Season 20 of The Bachelor and Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise. The series will premiere on Monday, March 20, at 9:00 p.m. EDT, on Freeform.

Freeform's critically acclaimed family drama The Fosters has been greenlit for a fifth season, which will bring the series to the momentous 100-episode mark. The network will premiere all-new episodes from the fourth season on Tuesday, January 31, at 8:00 p.m. EST. Young & Hungry will premiere season five on Monday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. In the fourth season finale, Gabi and Josh decided to be "friends with benefits," much to the group's chagrin, after their previous attempts at a relationship went awry. During the new season, Gabi and Josh try to prove to everyone that they won't let feelings get in the way of their new arrangement, Sofia continues on the path to a career in journalism, and Josh faces an unexpected reunion with his estranged father. Comedy legend Betty White guest stars this season as neighbor Ms. Wilson. The season six premiere of Baby Daddy will air on Monday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The premiere picks up three months after the finale, and Ben is still enthusiastically searching for the mysterious Elle. Danny and Riley are hunting for a good doctor to help with the pregnancy, and Bonnie desperately wants to be involved. Tucker is back from Los Angeles, but refuses to tell anyone what happened while he was there. The hit comedy series will reach the coveted milestone of 100 episodes during this season. And finally, in celebration of viewership that has gone above and "beyond," Freeform has given a second season order to its newest hit series Beyond. Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform, surprised the cast and executive producers with the announcement during their TCA panel in Pasadena, California. Beyond launched on January 2, and in a network first, Freeform rewarded its digital-savvy audience by making available its highly anticipated new drama for binge-viewing across key digital platforms, featuring reduced ad loads to enhance the viewing experience and drive higher ad engagement. In its first week alone, Beyond has already amassed over 14 million views, including 7.0 million across digital platforms and reaching an additional 7.2 million Total Viewers on linear TV.


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, July 29

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "YOCO" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The Harpers get a new gadget that runs their entire household, but the quads take things a little too far when they are left alone with it.

School of Rock - "Leader of the Band" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
An online review of the band labels Tomika as the leader, sparking a competition between the children to seize the spotlight in the group.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "My Two Favorite Girls" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Linda apologizes to Danny and Troy.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "When a Father Sleeps" (OWN, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Linda lets Philip take care of the baby alone.

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "Father Knows Best" (OWN, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Trying to teach Philip a lesson, Linda leaves Philip alone with their new baby.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 24)

Friday, July 28

  • Regina Hall (Grandfathered) - Watch Regina on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • David Spade (Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk) - Patrick appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community) - Alison is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kevin Bacon (I Love Dick) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Hank Azaria (Brockmire/The Simpsons/Free Agents) - Hank is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Al Madrigal (About a Boy/Welcome to The Captain/Gary Unmarried) - Al appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On/The Soul Man/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Patrick Warburton (Crowded/Rules of Engagement/Seinfeld) - Patrick is a guest on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Kelsey Grammer (Frasier/Cheers) - Kelsey dishes on the Amazon series The Last Tycoon on People Now at 8:30am. He will also be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - ABC's Good Morning America has a workout with Kevin at Central Park sometime between 7-9am. He will also be on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show) - Anthony chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.