Monday, July 30, 2018

TCA Summer 2018 Press Tour: Lifetime and Hallmark Channel

Lifetime

Lifetime, the #1 cable network with original movies with the top four titles* this year and the only basic cable network to earn a 2018 Emmy nomination in the limited series or movie category for Flint, announces an expanded programming slate spanning movies, scripted series and unscripted programming. Continuing the tradition of creating award-winning and culturally-relevant movies, Lifetime will increase the overall number of movies to 75 for 2019. As part of the expansion, Lifetime signs a major production deal with one of the most trusted names in news, Robin Roberts, for a series of movies and documentaries under the banner, Robin Roberts Presents to debut next year.

Additionally, the network is in development on several book franchises, including the previously announced Jane Green three picture deal. The first movie, Tempting Fate, stars Alyssa Milano and is directed by Kim Raver and Manu Boyer, who also executive produce the trio of films. Other books being made into Lifetime Original Movies include the Seven Deadly Sins anthology by Victoria Christopher Murray. Lifetime has re-teamed with T.D. Jakes and has commissioned the first three books - Lust, Envy and Greed - to debut next year. V.C. Andrews' beloved novels also join Lifetime's 2019 lineup, with five book series about the twisted relationships of the Casteel Family being turned into movies. The first of the movies, V.C. Andrews' Heaven, stars Annalise Basso, Julie Benz, Chris William Martin, and Chris McNally. Additionally, Lifetime has completed production on Somebody's Someone, starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Angela Fairley, based on the memoir of Regina Louise, detailing her life as a young black girl who was denied adoption by the one woman who loved her the most, simply because she was white. Penn Badgley stars as Joe Goldberg in Lifetime's new scripted series, YOU, from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Ahead of the first season debut of the psychological thriller YOU on September 9, from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, Lifetime has renewed the series for a second season. Season two will follow Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) as his search for love takes him to Hollywood where dreams can be made or shattered. Based on Caroline Kepnes' follow up novel Hidden Bodies, season two of the series is expected to begin production in Los Angeles later this year.


Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel, the country's leading provider of family-friendly entertainment, stakes its claim as the weekend destination for all-new, original programming every Saturday and Sunday for the remainder of 2018. The new offering features six autumnal-themed premieres as part of the network's highly rated "Fall Harvest" event, as well as 22 new, original holiday movies premiering during the #1 "Countdown to Christmas" slate. "Fall Harvest" kicks off Saturday, September 22, and features celebrated favorites including the third installment of the All of My Heart movie series starring Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, Party of Five) and Brennan Elliott (Unreal). The season culminates with the network's longest-running movie franchise Good Witch Halloween starring Catherine Bell (Army Wives, JAG), Bailee Madison (The Fosters) and James Denton (Devious Maids, Desperate Housewives). The network's highly rated "Countdown to Christmas" franchise features 22 movies, including network debuts by world-renowned country artists LeAnn Rimes and Kellie Pickler. As cable's #1 holiday destination, Hallmark Channel will continue to bring holiday cheer and the spirit of the season to families across the nation.

Hallmark Channel is in development on an all-new, one-hour special Christmas in America from Executive Producer Candace Cameron Bure, which will premiere during Countdown to Christmas in 2018. Cameron Mathison joins Debbie Matenopoulos as the new co-host for Home & Family leading up to season seven. Home & Family, currently in its sixth season, is a three-time Daytime Emmy(R)-nominated lifestyle series with new, original episodes Monday through Friday (10a.m. ET/PT, 9C - 12p.m. ET/PT, 11C) on Hallmark Channel. Home & Family returns for season seven this September on Hallmark Channel with all-new DIY events celebrating Fall Harvest and Hallmark's most wonderful time of the year, Countdown to Christmas. And finally, Rebecca Romijn will serve as the network's ambassador of Adoption Ever After. The network's corporate pet initiative, Adoption Ever After, is committed to educating the public about the many rewards of pet adoption in hopes of inspiring viewers to open their homes and hearts to shelter pets.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, April 25

The Big Bang Theory - "The Decision Reverberation" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Koothrappali is worried people won’t take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Also, Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.

Young Sheldon - "A Political Campaign and a Candy Land Cheater" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Unhappy that school funds are going towards football rather than academics, Sheldon decides to run for class president.

Mom - "Triple Dip and an Overhand Grip" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Bonnie and Tammy revisit childhood memories on a trip to their old foster home. Also, Christy and Jill regret accepting a date with two guys from their AA meeting.

Life in Pieces - "Misery Turd Name Pills" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan (Joey King); and Heather has a new business idea.

Superstore - "QuinceaƱera" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles to find his place at Amy’s (America Ferrera) daughter Emma’s quinceaƱera, while Dina (Lauren Ash) proves very popular with some teenage boys. Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo (Nico Santos) are obsessed with seeing Amy cry.

A.P. Bio - "Sweet Low Road" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When budget cuts threaten to gut Whitlock and put his job in jeopardy, Jack recruits Mary, Stef, and Michelle to take down the Superintendent. Durbin plans an appeal to the heart, while the students plan an appeal to the soul.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Tickling Clocks" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
In an episode that takes place in real time, Jake and the squad must track down a hacker who has infiltrated the Nine-Nine's servers. Rosa deals with relationship issues. Hitchcock and Scully attempt to cook the perfect lasagna.

Abby's - "Mail Bin" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Abby finds a letter from her estranged father in a pile of unopened mail and opens up to the group about their fraught relationship.

Better Things - "The Unknown" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam gets theatrical.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 22)

Thursday, April 25

  • Paul Rudd (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/Wild Oats) - Catch Paul on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) - Tig appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Susan Kelechi Watson (Louie) - Susan is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lake Bell (Bless This Mess/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp/How to Make It in America) - Lake visits E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan (Tacoma PD) - Steve and Kevin are guests on E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Bradley Cooper (Kitchen Confidential) - Bradley stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Diedrich Bader (American Housewife/Veep/The Drew Carey Show) - Diedrich visits The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on People Now at 12pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Laurie Metcalf (The Conners/The McCarthys/Getting On/Roseanne) - Laurie talks about Hillary & Clinton on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Queen Latifah (Living Single) - Queen Latifah appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour and on the BUILD SERIES at 3pm.
  • Ali Wentworth (Nightcap) - Ali is a guest on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Billy Crystal (The Comedians/Soap) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) - Billy and Ben talk about Standing Up, Falling Down on the BUILD Series at 1pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March/April)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
04/02 - Archer: Danger Island - The Complete Season Nine
04/09 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fifth Season
04/12 - Evening Shade - The Complete Collection
04/16 - The Big C - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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