Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A&E and CNN Tributes to Don Knotts; Nick@Nite Has a Record February; Warner Home Video 'TV Favorites' DVD Update

A&E will be re-airing their Biography on Don Knotts today at 2 p.m. A profile of comic actor Don Knotts, whose roles have ranged from lovable sidekick Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show to swinging landlord Ralph Furley in Three's Company. Included are comments from John Ritter, Andy Griffith, Steve Allen and TV Guide critic Matt Roush.
Meanwhile, Ron Howard and Andy Griffith will be on CNN's Larry King Live tonight at 9 p.m. (repeats at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. if you miss it). It will be a CNN exclusive. Andy Griffith and Ron Howard say goodbye to Don Knotts in their first interview together since his death. The entire hour will be devoted to him, so you might want to keep this one for your archives.

For February 2006, Nick@Nite scored its highest-rated and most-watched February in the network's 20-year history among its target audience of Adults 18-49. Bolstered by the network's roster of modern hit sitcoms such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Roseanne, the network finished the month with double-digit gains in rating and delivery over last year, and was the Number One network in all of basic cable among A18-49, W18-49, A18-34, W18-34 and
W25-54 in total programming day. For full details on this click here.

Today Warner Home Video officially announced the third wave of the "TV Favorites" DVD series. Wave 1 was back in September 2005, Wave 2 was released Tuesday and Wave 3 will be on June 27, as we have said many times before. Wave 3 will consist of sitcoms Step by Step and the episodes YOU helped choose for Alice. TVShowsonDVD.com officially announced the sets for June 27 today. For the Alice cover art and details (we already knew the episodes, since YOU helped choose them), click here. For Step by Step's episode info and details click here. David Lambert brings up a good question in that latter article. He wonders what happened to Perfect Strangers? If you all recall, YOU helped WHV pick the episodes for that set, too. I was told a few weeks back that the set will not be out for this Wave, unfortunately. Then later YOU helped them pick episodes for Full House. After Perfect Strangers was "pushed back," they decided to go with Full House on June 27. And now recently, they decided against that, too. So, for Wave 3 on June 27 we will only get Alice and Step by Step. So when can we expect the TV Favorites for Perfect Strangers, Full House and the already pushed back Family Matters? WHV tells me, "...research and analysis was done. Unfortunately, neither Full House nor Perfect Strangers will be released this year as a TV Favorites release due to financial constraints." I'm sure that also means no for Family Matters, too. I don't think we will see any more TV Favorites for the remainder of the year. But I hope we get those in early 2007, since we all helped choose the episodes.
Let's hope we get season sets soon then for Perfect Strangers and Family Matters. As for Full House, the fans should not worry because they told me some good news for fans of that show: "Please do remember, though, that we are continuing to release full season sets of Full House. Season 3 is set to release in early April of this year and Season 4 will follow in the 3rd quarter."
If we have any further updates on WHV, we will let you know ASAP. We just had to hold back the news on June 27 as there was a lot of "flux." But now it is all known.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, June 12

Henry Danger - "Captain Man Strikes Out" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
After Captain Man goes on strike because he declines to pay for artwork that he destroyed while on a mission, the vice mayor appoints a new hero, Monsieur Man, to defend Swellview.

Tyler Perry's Young Dylan - "Food for the Soul" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Dylan gets ready to return to Chicago with his mother, but a change in plans has him questioning their relationship; the rest of the family is trying to help Dylan through this latest crisis.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 7)

Friday, June 11

  • Kathryn Hahn (Central Park/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Catch Kathryn on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jean Smart (Hacks/Samantha Who?/Designing Women) - Jean appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Michelle Buteau (Bless the Harts/Enlisted) - Michelle chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey talks about The Celebrity Dating Game on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) - Wilmer appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ellen Burstyn (The Ellen Burstyn Show) - Ellen will be on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am. She also talks about Queen Bees in the 10am hour.
  • Jasmine Cephas-Jones (Blindspotting) - Jasmine talks about Blindspotting on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Rob Riggle (Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy/Golan the Insatiable/Gary Unmarried) and David Koechner (Superior Donuts/F Is for Family/The Golbergs/Hank/The Office) - Rob and David talk about The Big Slick Benefit on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Jane Curtin (United We Fall/Crumbs/3rd Rock from the Sun/Kate & Allie) and Loretta Devine (Family Reunion/The Carmichael Show) - Jane and Loretta talk about Queen Bees on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February-June)

Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series Happy Together - The Complete Series 'Til Death - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Series Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series

02/02 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete Series (2021 Retail Release)
02/16 - Fam - The Complete Series
02/23 - Betty White's Pet Set - The Complete Series
03/02 - Blue Mountain State - The Complete Series
03/02 - Happy Together - The Complete Series
03/02 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-4 (DVD) (Blu-ray)
04/20 - 'Til Death - The Complete Series
05/11 - Dead to Me - Season Two
06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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