Friday, December 02, 2005

ABC Mid-Season & Notes; House and Passions Reruns Sold to Cable

ABC has announced more for its mid-season slate. They already announced their Monday changes starting January 9. Today they have given information on the other changes they will be making in January, which will cause changes for Thursday and Fridays nights. Probably the best new sitcom this past development season was Crumbs, and ABC made a wise move by holding off on it until mid-season, because now people will be really hyped up for it. ABC will air Crumbs Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. starting January 12. ABC also announced that Dancing with the Stars 2 will air in 90 minute installments every Thursday from 8 to 9:30 p.m., so Crumbs will have an excellent lead-in. Stars 2 will have its premiere on January 5 and it will be two hours long. ABC also announced that the half hour Dancing with the Stars 2 Results Show will air Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ABC will move sitcom Hope & Faith up a half hour to 8:30 p.m. and have a new drama called In Justice at 9 p.m. There is no word when Supernanny will return to the schedule. It should return in March.
This is just ABC's January line-up (which will air through February too) and I'm sure come March, there will be more changes because Dancing with the Stars 2 will be over by then and ABC also has returning sitcom Less Than Perfect, returning drama Alias, new sitcom Sons & Daughters, new dramas What About Brian & The Evidence, and reality shows and specials in The Miracle Workers, Supernanny, This Is Your Life, & Extreme Makeover coming this mid-season. ABC is really packed this mid-season and these shows will be ready to go whenever needed. ABC Thursdays and Fridays will be well improved come this January. This is a step in the right direction and please watch Crumbs, it is a hilarious sitcom and is better than My Name is Earl on NBC (which will also air Thursdays this mid-season, but at 9 p.m.--what an hour that will be My Name is Earl at 9 and Crumbs at 9:30--though on two different networks). For the full January and February changes and descriptions of new shows Crumbs and In Justice, click here.

Other ABC notes: They announced they will air a holiday episode of Hope & Faith on a special night and time on Tuesday, December 13 at 8:30 p.m. Rodney fans, not to worry, the holiday Rodney episode will now air Tuesday, December 20 at 8:30 p.m. This must mean ABC is testing to see if Hope & Faith can handle a Tuesday slot. Rodney has done very decent for them holding much of According to Jim's audience and even building on it some weeks.

The Fox drama House has been sold for rerun airings to USA Network/Bravo starting in fall 2008. The drama is also expected to be sold to local channels for weekend airings in fall 2008 as well. The NBC soap opera Passions has been sold for reruns to the Sci-Fi Channel. Sci-Fi Channel will start airing the show weekday mornings at 9:00 a.m. starting Monday, February 6. No further details are available just yet.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Sunday, March 3

The Simpsons - "AE Bonny Romance" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Groundskeeper Willie is kidnapped to Scotland, Bart and the Simpsons follow, only to be faced with Homer's worst nightmare.

Krapopolis - "The Majors" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
There is a major god opening on Mt. Olympus, and Deliria decides to mentor the nerdy minor god Salt for the spot as a way to spite her rival, Athena; Krapopolis residents start moving to the wilderness to get away from the excess poop problem.

The Great North - "Ready Mayor Won Adventure" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Honeybee wins interim Lone Moose mayor over Wolf, who starts overstepping during Honeybee's one day term; the rest of the Tobins start capitalizing on their new family member's political power.

Grimsburg - "The Flute-itive" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Flute enters the Grimsburg Miniature Competition and is accused of murdering the judge after he disqualifies him; Flute tries to clear his name; Stan joins his school's Trauma Club.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 26)

Friday, March 1

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Watch Jesse on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Esther Povitsky (Dollface/Alone Together) - Esther appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Billy Eichner (Friends from College/Difficult People/Parks and Recreation), Nico Santos (Superstore) and Pete Holmes (How We Roll/Crashing) - Billy, Nico and Pete are guests on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Sarah Paulson (Leap of Faith) - Sarah appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Punkie Johnson (Love Life) - Punkie is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Reba McEntire (Reba/Malibu Country) - Drew is chatting with legendary singer Reba McEntire in Las Vegas about singing at the Super Bowl and how far she's come to be where she is now on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Scott Foley (The Goodwin Games/A.U.S.A./Scrubs) - Scott talks about The Girls on the Bus on ABC's Good Morning America some time between 7-9am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November-March)

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Father Knows Best - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

11/07 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/14 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/05 - Father Knows Best - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
12/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 2 (Blu-ray)
12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
12/15 - Letterkenny - Season 11
12/19 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series
12/22 - Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection (includes The Ropers and Three's a Crowd)
01/09 - South Park - Seasons 11-15 (Blu-ray)
01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One
03/12 - Ghosts (UK) - The Complete Series
03/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 3 (Blu-ray)
03/12 - Rick and Morty - Season 7 (Blu-ray Steelbook) (Blu-ray) (DVD)

That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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