Saturday, November 05, 2005

A Sitcoms Online Exclusive--Warner Bros. Television Orders More Episodes of New Series

Warner Bros. Television has sure had a lot of new TV series this fall on network television, with most doing just average, except for ABC's Invasion which has already gotten a full season order as well as FOX's sitcom The War at Home. The WB's Supernatural has also done well for The WB and has gotten the full season nod. Everything else hasn't done too well in the ratings or is doing average. The WB is expected to announce on Monday that it has picked up 5 additional episodes for the sitcom Twins and 6 additional episodes for the drama Related, bringing both series up to 18 episodes for the season. As for ABC's Hot Properties and Freddie, they both are also expected to get additional episodes, but again not the full back nine. Earlier this week The WB cut the series order for veteran What I Like About You from 22 episodes to 18 episodes. There was a big job cut for Warner Bros. and most of their shows will not get the back nine picked up on new series, so expect 18 episodes or so if any additional episodes are picked up.

Warner Bros. Television New Series Round-Up:
Full season (22 episodes): Invasion (ABC), The War at Home (FOX), Supernatural (The WB)
Additional episodes (18 episodes or so): Twins (The WB), Related (The WB)
Close to having additional episodes ordered: Hot Properties (ABC), Freddie (ABC)
Additional scripts ordered: E-Ring (NBC)
On the fence for cancelation: Close to Home (CBS), Reunion (FOX)

Returning series update for Warner Bros. Television:
Still Going Strong: George Lopez (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Cold Case (CBS), Gilmore Girls (The WB), Smallville (The WB), Without a Trace (CBS)
So-So: All of Us (UPN), Eve (UPN), Everwood (The WB), The O.C. (FOX), One Tree Hill (The WB), Veronica Mars (UPN), ER (NBC)
On the fence for cancelation after this season: Blue Collar TV (The WB), What I Like About You (The WB), Joey (NBC), The West Wing (NBC)

New series coming this mid-season from Warner Bros. Television:
Dramas: The Bedford Diaries (The WB), The Evidence (ABC)
Sitcoms: Four Kings (NBC), Modern Men (The WB), Old Christine (CBS)

Hey, hey, hey!! And a reminder for tonight and tomorrow night--tune into (or record) TV Land from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET/PT for the rarely-seen '80s sitcom What's Happening Now!! See how Raj, Dwayne Rerun, Dee and Shirley turn out about six years later. I haven't seen the series since the early 1990's, so I am pumped! Keep watching the What's Happening!! marathon all-weekend long on TV Land!! We always end with two exclamation points while talking about What's Happening!! and What's Happening Now!!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, August 25

Last Man Standing - "The Courtship of Vanessa's Mother" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Vanessa's mother comes to visit and hits it off with Ed; Mandy and Kyle tutor Boyd, but they may be the ones getting outsmarted.

Last Man Standing - "Dreams vs. Realty" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mandy nearly gives up on her dream of becoming a fashion designer when she is faced with rejection; Vanessa looks back at her own career path, which stirs up regrets; Mike steps in to help the women in his family realize their dreams.

The Simpsons - "Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Homer's work cuts children's health care benefits, Marge turns to buying healing crystals as a cheaper solution for Bart's ADD; Bart begins to succeed in school, prompting Marge to open her own crystals empire and sell to mothers at school.

What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage - "Neighbor" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Fred struggles to discuss the mysterious cliffhanger from "The Flare" and speak with his guests because of a new noisy neighbor on the stage next door; Eric Stonestreet and Randall Park stop by.

Family Guy - "Trans-Fat" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Peter is mistakenly identified as transgender, which leads to an unexpected event and him learning an important lesson.

What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage - "Elevator" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Fred gets stuck in an elevator and is unable to host the show, Taylor must face her biggest fear: hosting the show alone; Ike Barinholz, Jillian Bell and Taran Killam stop by.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 19)

Sunday, August 25

  • Adam DeVine (Workaholics/Modern Family) - Catch Issa on a repeat of Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est TV & Movie Collection Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two The Good Place - The Complete Third Season Life in Pieces - The Complete Fourth Season Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Six

06/04 - The Brady Bunch - 50th Anniversary The Brady-est Brady Bunch TV & Movie Collection
06/18 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season Two (Blu-ray)
07/08 - Man with a Plan - Season Two
07/09 - Broad City - Season 5
07/09 - Broad City - The Complete Series
07/09 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Fourth Season
07/09 - Speechless - The Complete Third Season
07/16 - Eight Is Enough - The Complete First Season
07/17 - The Practice (1976) - The Complete Series (WBShop.com)
07/23 - Brockmire - The Complete First Season
07/23 - What I Like About You - The Complete First Season
07/30 - The Good Place - The Complete Third Season
08/06 - Caroline in the City - The Third Season
08/06 - Caroline in the City - The Fourth Season
08/13 - I Love Lucy - Colorized Collection
08/13 - Leave it to Beaver - Seasons One and Two
08/20 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Six
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