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

Saturday, July 11

Tyler Perry's Young Dylan - "Mother May I" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Dylan writes a serious rap about his mom, prompting Martin to read his diary to find out if he's doing OK; Dylan catches him in the act, triggering an escalating run of each family member invading the others' privacy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of July 6)

Friday, July 10

  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Watch Tiffany on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn are guests on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mark Consuelos (Alpha House/Hope & Faith) - Mark appears on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina appears on a repeat of The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Deon Cole (grown-ish/black-ish/Angie Tribeca) - Deon appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy will be on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am.


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

Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season The Good Place - The Final (Fourth) Season Head of the Class - The Complete First Season Modern Family - The Eleventh and Final Season Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Seven

04/07 - Cheers - The Complete Series (2020 Release)
04/14 - Police Squad! - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
04/14 - The Righteous Gemstones - The Complete First Season
04/21 - Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season (WBShop.com)
05/05 - Kidding - Season 2
05/19 - The Good Place - The Final (Fourth) Season
05/19 - The Good Place - The Complete Series - Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Series
06/02 - Work in Progress - Season 1
06/09 - Head of the Class - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
06/09 - How to Be a Gentleman - The Complete Series
06/09 - Letterkenny - Seasons 3 & 4
06/09 - Modern Family - The Eleventh and Final Season
06/09 - No Activity - Season 1
06/09 - Superior Donuts - Season Two
06/23 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 10th Season
06/23 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
06/23 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Seventh Season
06/23 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Third Season (Blu-ray)
06/30 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Seven
07/07 - Will & Grace - The Revival - Season Three - The Farewell Season
07/21 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Tenth Season
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Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

07/11 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Renews The Moodys for Second Season; NBC Preparing to Put Peacock Into Flight
07/10 - Fri-Yay: Never Have I Ever, Netflix's Best Sitcom; Ramy Gets Season 3 on Hulu
07/09 - NBC Reviving Weakest Link; truTV's I'm Sorry Gets Charitable
07/08 - HBO Max Orders Series Based on Hair Love; Comedy Central Inks Deal with John Mulaney
07/07 - Dead to Me Picked Up for Final Season on Netflix; CBS All Access Orders Star Trek Animated Comedy
07/06 - ABC to Rebroadcast Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times Episodes on Tuesday (July 7); Anthony Anderson and Billy Eichner to Guest Host ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! This Week
07/05 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 6, 2020)
07/04 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Amazon Gets Streaming Rights to Mad Men; Too Close for Comfort on Pluto TV
07/03 - Fri-Yay: Streaming Services Remove Episodes of Sitcoms Due to Racial Jokes; The Kominsky Method Final Season Announced
07/02 - Netflix Renews Never Have I Ever for Season 2; Comedy Central Reviving Beavis and Butt-Head
07/01 - Remembering Comedy Legend Carl Reiner, MeTV and Decades to Air Tributes; HBO Orders Season 11 of Curb
06/30 - Decades 3rd Annual Rod, White & Blue: A Twilight Zone Celebration; Love in the Time of Corona Announces Cast
06/29 - BET Picks Up 2nd Season of Twenties; Vivica A. Fox Teams Up with Krista Allen, Jackée & More for More Wrong TV Movies
06/28 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 29, 2020)
06/27 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Sitcoms Present and Past Deal with Current Racial Issues; Binge Watch Past Favorites on Roku Channel
06/26 - Fri-Yay: Search Party Season 3 Thoughts; HBO Max Teams Up with Marlon Wayans
06/25 - CNN and HLN Announce Slate, with History of Sitcom; Lil Rel Set to Host NBC Game Show
06/24 - REELZ Announces New Specials on John Ritter, Bernie Mac, David Cassidy, Larry Hagman & More; Netflix Releases Unsolved Mysteries Trailer
06/23 - Fox Renews Animated Comedy for 2nd Season Before Series Premiere; Cobra Kai Moving to Netflix
06/22 - Antenna TV Summer 2020 Schedule; USA Network's Cannonball to Sneak Peek on NBC
06/21 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 22, 2020)
06/20 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Comedy Central Picks Up Daria Spinoff; Networks Finally Set Fall Lineup
06/19 - Fri-Yay: Expectations on 30 Rock Remote Special; ABC Schedules Sitcom United We Fall for Summer
06/18 - ABC Upfront 2020-21: Fall 2020 Schedule; Debra Messing Heads to the East Wing on Starz
06/17 - NBC Upfront 2020-21: Fall 2020 Schedule; 30 Rock Returns for Upfront Special on July 16
06/16 - NBC Cancels Indebted, Picks Up Manifest; ABC's For Life Gets 2nd Season, The Baker and The Beauty Doesn't
06/15 - truTV Announces Tacoma FD Return and More; NBC Brings Back Freshman Drama, Cancels Two Others
06/14 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of June 15, 2020)
06/13 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Renewed for Season 2; Cops and Live PD Cancelled
06/12 - Fri-Yay: Rick and Morty Season 4; HBO Max Orders 2nd Season of Love Life
06/11 - Hulu Changes Premiere Dates of Two Series; ABC Encores Powerful Documentary Next Tuesday