Thursday, August 24, 2006

'House of Payne' Coming to TBS And Locals With New Episodes; TV Land October Highlights; More Notes

After a tremendously successful test run in ten major markets earlier this summer, Debmar-Mercury, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate, has announced plans for the national launch of first-run sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Beginning June 2007, TBS will have access to an unprecedented 100 fully produced episodes provided upfront. Broadcast syndication will follow in September of 2008, led by FOX-owned stations on WWOR-My9 New York, KTXH CH 20 Houston, KDFI-TV CH 27 Dallas, and WDCA-TV CH 20 Washington, D.C. And Weigel's WCIU-TV Chicago has also picked it up. The terms of the four-year deals with FOX and Weigel are cash plus barter, and will begin airing in September of 2008, concurrent with the TBS run, which will continue throughout the term.
According to TBS's deal with Debmar-Mercury, TBS will begin airing episodes in primetime beginning in June of 2007, with the network having exclusive rights to the episodes before they become available to local stations through syndication in September 2008.
Another test of a Perry series, expected to be based on his theatrical play Meet the Browns, could take place in 2007 or ’08, according to Debmar-Mercury President Mort Marcus. While the plans haven’t been finalized, Marcus said if they wait to fall 2008, it would likely be a 10-day replacement test on some stations similar to the one for House of Payne.

TV Land has announced their October schedule. There is no change to the regular schedule except I Love Lucy replaces Addams Family, which expires after September. Among the higlights for the month include a 48-hour A-Team marathon to help promote Mr. T's new show I Pity the Fool which will air Wednesdays at 10 starting October 11. and finally spend Halloween and the end of Daylight Savings with The Munsters in a 25-hour marathon on Oct. 28. The Munsters is expiring at the end of the month, so if they don't renew this could be sort of like a farewell marathon. We will have more on its future status at a later date. Click HERE to view all the October highlights for TV Land.

We mentioned that CBS was adding about six series to its innertube website, now they have announced six more, and a few sitcoms included, too! To gain additional exposure for some key freshman and sophomore series during the important fall launch period, CBS announced plans to stream episodes of several of the Network's primetime shows produced by Warner Bros. Television and Twentieth Century Fox Television free of charge on CBS's broadband channel innertube.
Starting in September, the series being offered on innertube include: from Twentieth Century Fox Television, the freshman series Shark, as well as the sophomore sitcom How I Met Your Mother and drama The Unit; and from Warner Bros. Television, the freshman series The Class and new drama Smith, as well as the sophomore sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring Emmy nominated Julia Louis-Dreyfus. With all six shows, each of the first four original episodes of the season will be available for viewers to watch for free on innertube for a week following its Network broadcast.

Finally, ABC has announced plans for the post Dancing with the Stars Wednesday slot for Sept. 13 and 20. ABC will air two fall preview specials on Sept. 13 at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. The 9 p.m. airing will showcase the dramas titled, ABC Sneak Peeks: The Dramas. At 9:30 p.m. will be ABC Sneak Peeks: Comedy & Reality. Make sure you watch these and the half-hour affiliate specials of Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Lost premiering this weekend on your local ABC affiliates. Check local listings for time and day for those. After the two half-hour specials on Sept. 13 will be Jimmy Kimmel Live’s All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live at 10 p.m.
On September 20, ABC will re-air part two of the second season finale for Grey's Anatomy from 9 to 11 p.m. Part one of the finale is re-airing Thursday, September 14 at 9 p.m. It is a good move reairing the finale a day before the season premiere (Thursday, September 21). So what is airing in these slots on September 27? They haven't announced that yet, but I would assume the two-hour Lost season finale? Lost returns to its slot on October 4 with all-new episodes.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, January 27

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Logan #2" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Calvin and Dave’s college basketball teams go head to head, Dave surprises the Butlers with tickets to the game and also invites one of his best friends from Michigan, Logan #2, who reveals to Calvin surprising new details about Dave.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Splitting the Hairs" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Bob, Douglas and Christina try to get Dottie to make a will. Also, Abishola and Kemi’s friendship is tested after Abishola catches Kemi in a lie.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 27)

Monday, January 27

  • Kathy Bates (Disjointed) - Watch Kathy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Michael visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Larry appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill talks about The Sinner on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Kaley Couco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley stops by The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry talks about pulling double-duty on TV and Broadway on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings. He will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Kate Flannery (The Office) - Kate talks about the Dancing with the Stars Tour on Reality Check at 4:30pm.
  • Julia-Louis Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia-Louis talks about Downhill on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Life) - Nia talks about Poisoned Love on the BUILD Series at 4:30pm.


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Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season The Big Bang Theory - The Twelfth and Final Season The King of Queens - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete Fourth Season My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume One

11/05 - The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang - The Complete Animated Series
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11/05 - Letterkenny - Seasons 1 & 2
11/05 - Step by Step - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
11/12 - The Big Bang Theory - The Twelfth and Final Season (Blu-ray)
11/12 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Limited Edition)
11/18 - The Guest Book - Season Two
11/19 - The King of Queens - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) (Blu-ray)
11/19 - The Kominsky Method - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
12/03 - The Simpsons - The Nineteenth Season
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12/06 - 9JKL - The Complete Series
12/10 - Family Guy - Season Seventeen
12/17 - Atlanta - Season 2 - Robbin' Season
12/17 - Fuller House - The Complete Fourth Season
12/17 - Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (2019 Release)
12/17 - The Other Two - Season 1
01/02 - My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume One
01/02 - My Three Sons - The Fifth Season - Volume Two
01/14 - Veep - The Final (Seventh) Season ((Blu-ray)
01/14 - Veep - The Complete Series (DVD)
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01/21 - The Mindy Project - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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01/28 - Ballers - The Complete Series
01/28 - The Mindy Project - The Complete Series (DVD)
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