Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hallmark Channel, GMC Acquire The Waltons; Bio Channel Premieres Charlie Sheen Special on Sunday

The Hallmark Channel and GMC (Gospel Music Channel) have both acquired the cable rights to the '70s family drama The Waltons. The Hallmark Channel previously aired the series on and off from 2001-2009, renewing it a few times. Now after two years off the line-up, they have re-acquired it in a new deal, as we hinted on the Hallmark April 2011 schedule. The drama will air weekdays at 3pm and 4pm starting Monday (March 21) replacing Empty Nest. No other changes will be made to the line-up, except the Martha at Home Monday block from 6pm-10pm will be removed in favor of the regular weeknight schedule (Little House and Touched). As for Empty Nest, it will return in two weeks when the April 2011 schedule starts on April 4. The April schedule that was announced will have changes made, though. Originally Empty Nest was slated to move to 3-5am starting April 4. That will no longer happen, as that April schedule was made prior to the Empty Nest launch on March 8 and the series has done decent in the ratings. In fact, Empty Nest will air immediately after The Golden Girls on weeknights from 1am-3am starting April 4. So that means The Golden Girls isn't moving to 1am either. We don't have the full UPDATED April 2011 schedule just yet, but as soon as we do, we will let you know. So stay tuned, as The Waltons will be in that too.
And if Hallmark isn't enough, GMC has also acquired the rights to The Waltons! America's favorite TV family comes to the network for uplifting entertainment on Sunday, April 3, 2011 with a full-day marathon starting at 11am and lasting into the late night. This will include an airing of the 1997 TV movie A Walton Easter at 7pm and 9pm. GMC has never aired the actual The Waltons series before, but they have aired a few of the Thanksgiving movies this past Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, GMC hasn't announced its regular April 2011 weekday schedule, so we don't know where (or if) The Waltons will air on it. We will bring that to you as soon as we know.
The Waltons started airing on the cable network INSP back in October and will continue to do so, too, as the deals made were not exclusive. INSP airs the series weekdays at 1pm and 8pm. So you have three places to watch The Waltons now, if you get all three cable networks. The Waltons will join family dramas Little House on the Prairie and Touched by an Angel on Hallmark and family dramas Highway to Heaven, Dr. Quinn, Promised Land, Sue Thomas and Doc on GMC. On INSP, it airs with family dramas Our House, Highway to Heaven and Canadian drama Wind at My Back.
Stay with us for the updated Hallmark April 2011 schedule and the GMC April 2011 schedule.

Duh, winning! Bio Channel presents the one-hour original special Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge on Sunday, March 20 at 9PM ET/PT. Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge takes viewers through the near 30-year career of Charlie Sheen who has made a living following his own bliss. After his very public firing from the CBS hit series Two and a Half Men, Sheen went on the offensive, and the public was given a front row seat to a career and lifestyle that seemed to teeter on the edge of oblivion. In what to many seemed like a bazaar new chapter in the actor's life, to those who know him, these recent events are just part of the logical progression of a rock star lifestyle pushed to its limit - with celebrity marriages, substance abuse, controversies and scrapes with the law.
The special includes footage from his films, personal family photos and news footage cut with original interviews with ABC News 20/20's Andrea Canning, adult film actress Capri Anderson, close friend and rock star Bret Michaels, TV personality/radio host, Danny Bonaduce, and journalists who have covered Sheen's career as well as drug rehab experts who weigh the gravity of Sheen's current state of affairs to determine whether he's in control, off the rails or simply on the brink of a major disaster.


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Friday, July 3

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color! - (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
CBS will honor the memory of legendary actor, producer, director, writer, comedian and Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner with THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR! A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO CARL REINER, featuring two colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, Friday, July 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. As series creator and co-star, Carl Reiner personally supervised the original colorization of the episodes.

The special features “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time,” and “October Eve,” which Mr. Reiner considered to be one of the series’ funniest episodes. Both were written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff.

In “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” Laura Petrie blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee. The episode, which was the show’s fifth and final season premiere, was originally broadcast on Sept. 15, 1965. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1966.

In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Carl Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her. The episode was first presented on April 8, 1964, during season three.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 29)

Friday, July 3

  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Watch Kevin on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12:35am on ABC.
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock) - Tina appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Laura Dern (Enlightened) - Laura is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Mark Duplass (Togetherness/The Mindy Project/The League) - Mark appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa guest hosts a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Camping/Fleabag/Love/Married/Go On) - Brett appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Tika Sumpter (mixed-ish/The Game) - Tika talks about the season finale of mixed-ish and her latest project helping new moms on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie/The Secret Lives of Men) - Peter talks about Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and Grace and Frankie on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.


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04/14 - The Righteous Gemstones - The Complete First Season
04/21 - Step by Step - The Complete Seventh and Final Season (WBShop.com)
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05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
05/26 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Series
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06/09 - Letterkenny - Seasons 3 & 4
06/09 - Modern Family - The Eleventh and Final Season
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