Saturday, September 03, 2005

News Feature: Sitcoms on Local Television, Part I

Since this is a holiday weekend and there is a shortage of news, I am launching a special news feature report for the blog. Basically, I will use these features on weekends or any other days we have no real news to report. So, what do I mean by news features? Well, I'm sure all of you are familiar with news programs on television such as World News Tonight. They report us on the day's news and they also have some interesting special news features or reports on a certain topic, such as skin cancer or whatever. We think this will be a great idea for the blog, using sitcom related material of course, and will make people come on the weekends here when the news is usually slow. Our wonderful writers from the DVD review team will contribute on some of these special reports, and you all know how good our reviews are!
I will kick-it off with a special report on Sitcoms on Local Television. This report will consist of what sitcoms are currently on local television and the sitcoms that are just not airing at all. Since there are so many sitcoms, I can't cover them all, but feel free to post a comment if you think I missed something and I will be happy enough to check and look for you. Today I will focus on the sitcoms of the 70s and 80s on local television, in part one of our special report. So, before I start, let's cue in on the news music ... then after you listen to that, start reading our special feature on Sitcoms on Local Television:

There are so many sitcoms that have aired on television. Many of them had enough episodes to air in reruns. So, why are many sitcoms not in reruns at all today? Why are some sitcoms just on few local channels? Why do some sitcoms just appear everywhere? These questions are asked by many sitcom fanatics throughout the United States. Today in part one of this report we will focus on the '70s & '80s sitcoms, and some '90s sitcoms as well.
The '90s was not that long ago, and many of those sitcoms still appear everywhere on locals and on cable, such as Seinfeld, Friends, Full House, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Boy Meets World. But what about some of the forgotten the '90s sitcoms such as Anything But Love, Blossom, Dave's World, Dinosaurs, Doogie Howser M.D., Empty Nest, Evening Shade, Hearts Afire, Herman's Head, Sports Night, and The Wonder Years? All of those are not airing anywhere locally or nationally on cable. While shows like California Dreams (filler airings on KCAL in Los Angeles), NewsRadio (few local channels), ROC (TV One) and Major Dad (Turner South) are also rare these days. The '90s is not as bad as the '70s and '80s, which I will detail much more.

With all of the channels available today, it shouldn't be too hard for almost every show that was popular and had enough episodes for syndication to have a home. For the '80s, it is sad that ALF is not airing on cable or in local syndication. The list goes on for shows not on cable or local channels: Benson, Dear John, Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Hogan Family, Hooperman, It's a Living, Kate & Allie, Mr. Belvedere, My Two Dads, Newhart, 9 to 5, Perfect Strangers, Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, Too Close for Comfort, and Webster. Those are not airing AT ALL anywhere currently. Then there are other ones that are barely airing such as Amen (coming to TV One), Archie Bunker's Place (ME-TV thru Sept. 12), Charles in Charge (few local channels), Diff'rent Strokes (two local channels), The Facts of Life (ME-TV in Chicago), Family Ties (few local channels), Gimme a Break! (three local channels), Night Court (just started on TV Land), Punky Brewster (ME-TV in Chicago), and 227 (WCIU in Chicago and coming back to TV One in late Sept.). Even Bosom Buddies which didn't last too long is airing on some locals and nationally on TBS. Shows like Cheers, Cosby Show, and Who's the Boss? are airing a lot on cable and local channels. There are some shows that have been cable staples and are currently just on cable such as Designing Women, Golden Girls, and Mama's Family. As you can see, more are not airing than airing. It is very sad that this is happening. I didn't even list the somewhat short lived '80s sitcoms that have been popular in reruns such as Three's a Crowd, Just the Ten of Us, Out of this World, Still the Beaver, and My Sister Sam -- those are not airing either, as you probably guessed.

Moving on to the '70s, it seems to be a bit better, but not by much. It is sad that Alice is not airing on cable or in local syndication. The list goes on for shows not on cable or local channels: Doris Day Show, Here's Lucy, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Maude, Nanny & The Professor, One Day at a Time, Rhoda, Room 222, SOAP, and WKRP in Cincinnati. Then there are other ones that are barely airing such as Barney Miller (ME-TV), Bob Newhart Show (ME-TV & FOXNet), Chico and the Man (AmericanLife TV), Courtship of Eddie's Father (American LifeTV), Eight is Enough (ME-TV), The Jeffersons (few locals), Laverne & Shirley (few locals and Lifetime Real Women), Love American Style (ME-TV), The Love Boat (WBII-TV in Ashland, MS), Mary Tyler Moore Show (ME-TV & FOXNet), Mork & Mindy (few locals), Odd Couple (few locals), Partridge Family (ME-TV), Taxi (few locals), Welcome Back Kotter (AmericanLife TV), and What's Happening!! (few locals, coming to TV Land this fall). Shows like All in the Family, Brady Bunch, Good Times, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, and Sanford & Son are airing a lot on cable and local channels. Three's Company has been a staple on cable for many years, but is currently not on any locals, but airs on TV Land. I didn't even list the somewhat short lived '70s sitcoms that have been popular in reruns such as Angie, Bad News Bears, Phyllis, The Ropers, and That's My Mama -- those are not airing either, as you probably guessed.

As you can see, if we take out that ME-TV local channel in Chicago, we basically have nothing really. The '70s sitcoms are not as bad as the '80s sitcoms in terms of not airing, but still needs work as you can see. Tomorrow we will look at the '50s and '60s sitcoms, so tune in to see if they are more rarely seen than the '70s and '80s or not. Some final thoughts will be included in that story as well. So come back tomorrow for part duex!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, August 16

What We Do in the Shadows - "Pine Barrens" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Nandor and Lazslo air out their differences on a hunting trip at an isolated cabin; Nadja has a girls' night; Guillermo reconnects with his family for the first time in 12 years.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 15)

Tuesday, August 16

  • Bob Odenkirk (The Larry Sanders Show) - Catch Bob on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Al Franken (LateLine) - Al guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Demi Lovato (Sonny with a Chance) - Demi is a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Murray Bartlett (Physical/Looking) - Murray is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Are We There Yet?/Everybody Hates Chris) - Terry appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Vanessa Bayer (I Love That for You) - Vanessa will be on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Amanda Peet (Brockmire/Togetherness/Bent) - Amanda is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Fleabag/Married/Go On) - Brett appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kyle Richards (Down to Earth) - Kyle is a guest on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 3:30am on Bravo.
  • Sherri Shepherd (Mr. Iglesias/Trial & Error/Sherri/Less Than Perfect/Suddenly Susan) - Sherri chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She guest hosts a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) - Rebel will be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sterling K. Brown (Starved) - Sterling talks about Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Hollywood Darlings/Full House) - Jodie is a guest on E!'s Daily Pop at 11am.
  • Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Big Day/Jake in Progress/Just Shoot Me!) - Wendie talks about her new movie Mack & Rita on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Melba Moore (Melba) - Melba will be on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:40am.
  • Suraj Sharma (How I Met Your Father) - Suraj appears on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (April-August)

Up All Night - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) - The Complete Fourth Season Becker - The Complete Series (2022 Release) The Neighborhood - Season Four The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Three

04/05 - Up All Night - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
04/26 - The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) - The Complete Fourth Season
04/26 - Jackie Gleason TV Treasures - 70th Anniversary Collection (including Honeymooners Rarities)
05/03 - No Activity - Season Three
05/13 - The Donna Reed Show - The Complete Seasons 1-5 (Time Life)
05/31 - Becker - The Complete Series (2022 Release)
06/14 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Eleventh Season
06/14 - Hacks - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
06/14 - Rutherford Falls - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
06/21 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season One / Season Two
07/19 - The Neighborhood - Season Four
07/19 - Reno 911! - The Hunt for QAnon (Blu-ray) (DVD)
07/26 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Three / Season Four
08/16 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. - Canada)
08/16 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
More Recent and Upcoming TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

08/16 - Nexstar Media Group to Acquire The CW Network; Tubi Orders Breaking Bear, New Animated Comedy
08/15 - Abbott Elementary Summer School Marathon on ABC; Freevee's High School Premieres in October
08/14 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 15, 2022)
08/13 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Game Shows Moving to Primetime Emmys; Ring Doorbell Viral Video Show in the Works
08/12 - Apple TV+ Renews Physical for Season 3; Lifetime Orders It's a Wonderful Lifetime and Ripped from the Headlines Titles for Fall & Winter
08/11 - Hallmark Original Series Sets Cast; Remembering Pat Carroll, Roger E. Mosley and Vin Scully
08/10 - Cobra Kai Returns Sept. 9 on Netflix; Marlon Wayans Gets Starz Comedy
08/09 - COZI TV Celebrates Emergency! 50th Anniversary with Documentary; Kaley Cuoco Heads to Peacock for Comedic Thriller Series
08/08 - FETV Acquires Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Disney+ Orders 2nd Season of Robin Roberts Talk Show
08/07 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 8, 2022)
08/06 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Everybody Still Hates Chris Animated Series in the Works; HBO Max and Discovery+ Merging Into One
08/05 - Disney+ Series Premiere Dates, Includes Dancing with the Stars; Hallmark Orders New Original Drama
08/04 - NBC Moving Days of Our Lives to Peacock, Replacing with News Show; Selena + Chef Returns on HBO Max
08/03 - FX's Atlanta Final Season Launches Sept. 15; Elisabeth Moss Gets New Hulu Series
08/02 - Showtime Orders Comedy Pilot Titled Mason; NBC Renews Weakest Link Revival for Season 3
08/01 - HBO's Los Espookys Returns in September; Good Grief Is Back on IFC
07/31 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 1, 2022)
07/30 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Max Headroom Reboot in Works at AMC Networks; Jeopardy! to Continue Dual Host Plan
07/29 - HBO Max and Hulu to Share Streaming Rights to Abbott Elementary; Reboot Gets Premiere Date
07/28 - ABC to Present Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter; Remembering Tony Dow of Leave it to Beaver and Paul Sorvino
07/27 - The Orville Coming to Disney+ and Continues on Hulu; Retta Continues Partnership with HGTV
07/26 - Mythic Quest Returns for 10 Episodes in Fall; Patton Oswalt's Netflix Comedy Special We All Scream Premieres September 20
07/25 - American Dad! Returns Labor Day on TBS; Krapopolis Gets Special Nov. 27 Preview on Fox
07/24 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 25, 2022)
07/23 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Abbott Elementary Given Full Second Season; Preview of New Beavis and Butt-Head Episode
07/22 - Ghosts Dives Into the Metaverse with a Game; Jo Koy Gets 4th Netflix Special; Remembering Rebecca Balding of Soap
07/21 - South Park's 25th Anniversary Concert Event; FETV's Historic June Numbers
07/20 - Hulu's This Fool Premieres August 12; Mo'Nique Gets Netflix Comedy Special
07/19 - Apple TV+ Comedy Central Park Returns in September; Leah Remini Game Show Is Back on Aug. 1
07/18 - Paramount+ Revives Criminal Minds; AMC Network Sizzling in August with Hot Originals
07/17 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 18, 2022)
07/16 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Beavis and Butt-Head Premiere Date Set; TBS Abruptly Cancels Chad Hours Before Season Premiere