Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Monkees Joins MeTV Network Sunday Lineup; NBC Renews All Three "Chicago" Dramas

The Monkees

Starting Sunday, March 3rd, television viewers and Monkees fans can relive the iconic music and psychedelic hijinks of the Emmy Award-winning series from its very first episode, now on MeTV, America's #1 classic television network. Following an overwhelming response to MeTV's Peter Tork tribute this past Sunday (The Monkees were up +74% Persons 2+ at 5:00pm and up +78% Persons 2+ at 5:30pm vs. last February's time period*), The Monkees quartet will join MeTV's groovy counterparts, The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, on the network's Sunday afternoon lineup, airing at 5pm and 5:30pm ET/PT.

The Monkees originally aired from 1966-1968, employing avant-garde film techniques such as improvisation, jump cuts and breaking the "fourth wall," and earned two Emmy Awards in 1967 for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy. Inspired by The Beatles' classic films A Hard Day's Night and Help!, the made-for-TV pop/rock band soon rose to international stardom. The beloved cast included the late Peter Tork, who passed last Thursday, as the band's "loveable goof", keyboardist, bass guitarist and eventually songwriter. To round out the foursome, Micky Dolenz was cast as the "funny" drummer, Michael Nesmith as the "deadpan" guitarist and former child actor Davy Jones was the resident "teen heartthrob" and lead vocalist.

"The Monkees is a truly memorable series, the first TV comedy of the 1960s to showcase musician characters with original popular music that charted, combined with zany comedy and the teen heartthrob phenomenon," said Neal Sabin, vice chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co. "Our recent tribute to Peter Tork sparked a significant amount of positive viewer feedback and delivered a very large national audience. Adding The Monkees as part of our Sunday afternoon line up alongside The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island gives our MeTV audience even more to cheer about."

In spite of being dismissed by critics for their "Hollywood" beginnings, The Monkees music struck a chord with the emerging youth culture, catapulting the group into one of the most influential bands of the decade and birthed "Monkeemania," – a flurry of merchandising, record sales, and even world tours opened by a young Jimi Hendrix. In 1967, the band sold 35 million albums, reportedly twice as many as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and songs Daydream Believer, I'm a Believer and Last Train to Clarksville, all reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

In the late 1980s, The Monkees experienced a resurgence in popular culture and embarked on several reunion tours. After the 2012 death of Davy Jones, the surviving members released Good Times! in 2016 and earned their first Top 20 album in 25 years. Overall, The Monkees have sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the bestselling groups of all time.

Viewers can see the complete schedule and find out where to watch by visiting MeTV.com.

Chicago Franchise

Following the huge success of its all-"Chicago" Wednesday night lineup, NBC has renewed all three of its Windy City dramas - Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. - for the 2019-20 season.

The announcement was made by Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.

"We remain in awe of the job Dick Wolf, our producers, casts and crews do in creating some of the most compelling television today," Katz and Pakosta said. "The 'Chicago' franchise is a lynchpin of our schedule and we're thrilled that audiences have embraced our Wednesdays with such incredible passion for these shows and characters."

So far this season, NBC's Wednesday lineup of "Chicago" dramas is undefeated on the night in total viewers, winning 15 of 15 Wednesday nights when in originals. That's elevated NBC to the Wednesday lead at this point in the season for the first in 16 years, despite competition this season from such potent rivals as Empire, Survivor, The Masked Singer and Modern Family. All three "Chicago" dramas are delivering their most-watched seasons ever, with Chicago Med averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" averages from Nielsen Media Research, Chicago Fire at a 2.1 in 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers and Chicago P.D. earning a 2.1 in 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers.

Chicago Med, currently in its fourth season, is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Michael Waxman, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Chicago Fire, currently in its seventh season, is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Todd Arnow, Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary, Michael Brandt, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Chicago P.D., currently in its sixth season, is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Peter Jankowski, Derek Haas, Arthur W. Forney and Eriq La Salle are executive producers.

Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. are produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, May 21

American Housewife - "A Mom's Parade" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The extraordinary musical episode includes four original songs by renowned composer Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) and Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “School of Rock-The Musical”), as well as choreography from famed choreographer Ashley Wallen (“The Greatest Showman”). Frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, Katie decides to go “full Westport” and leaves the family to fend for themselves. Katie’s plan quickly backfires when the kids seem to be doing just fine, leaving Greg to suffer the brunt of her absence.

The Kids Are Alright - "Irish Goodbye" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Peggy struggles with Lawrence’s decision to move out of the house, especially after she discovers that he is secretly moving in with a girlfriend she’s never met. Lawrence’s determination to keep Peggy out of his personal life only causes her to investigate further, while Mike welcomes his departure. Meanwhile, Timmy can’t find his ventriloquist dummy, Knuckles, and learns that Joey took him without asking.

black-ish - "Relatively Grown Man" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After Junior gets an offer for his dream job working with Migos, Dre and Bow are determined to convince him to return to college and get his degree.

Bless This Mess - "The Estonian Method" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Mike and Rio enter the “best hen” competition at the county fair with their prized chicken Priyanka in order to prove themselves to the community. Meanwhile, romantic sparks fly between Rudy and Constance, only to be halted by a run-in with someone from Rudy’s past; and Kay and Beau struggle with some marital issues.

The Last O.G. - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Tray reunites with his estranged mom, Rose, who only softens when she learns she has grandchildren.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 20)

Tuesday, May 21

  • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) - Catch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs/30 Rock) - Elizabeth drops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Beanie Feldstein (What We Do in the Shadows) - Beanie is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright/Welcome to the Family) - Mary guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Billie Lourd (Scream Queens) - Billie appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David talks about Miss Subways on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Allison Williams (Girls) - Allison talks about The Perfection on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Pam Grier (Bless This Mess) - Pam talks about the Brown Sugar streaming service on the BUILD Series at 11am.


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

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season Evening Shade - The Complete Collection Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons

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)
05/07 - Baskets - The Complete Season Three
05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume One
05/13 - My Three Sons - The Third Season - Volume Two
05/14 - The Donna Reed Show - Seasons 1-5
05/14 - Petticoat Junction - Seasons 1-3
05/28 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons
05/28 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Second Season (Blu-ray)
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