Monday, March 19, 2012

The Hub April 2012 Schedule With Facts of Life, Mork & Mindy; TV Land Brings Back Gunsmoke


The Hub
The Hub TV network, a destination for kids and their families, will add fan-favorite classic sitcoms Sabrina The Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life and Mork & Mindy, as we previously announced, to the network's lineup beginning Monday, April 2 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET, with encore presentations in late night and on weekends. The popular half-hour series will be presented back-to-back, Mondays through Thursdays. With strong and devoted fan bases for all three of the shows, the newly acquired series build on The Hub's successful strategy of presenting programming based on beloved properties in the kids and family entertainment space.

So what does the addition of these three sitcoms mean for the other sitcoms that they currently air? We can report that no sitcom will be leaving the line-up totally. A few will be reduced a bit, but everything will still air! Starting off with Mon-Thurs, following these three sitcoms will be Happy Days moving a half-hour later to 10:30pm. At 11pm, will now be Laverne & Shirley, also airing a half-hour later. Batman has been a big hit for the network and will remain at 11:30pm (and will also still air in the slot on Fridays, too). From 12-2am the animation break will continue with classic Transformers, classic G.I. Joe, the new Transformers Prime and then the live-action Goosebumps. From 2-3am will still be an encore of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? from 8-9pm. From 3am-6am, we have an encore of 9pm-12am with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Batman. So with the addition of three new shows, this means The Wonder Years, Family Ties and Doogie Howser M.D. are off of the Mon-Thurs line-up. But not to fear, they will still air on weekends!

On Friday nights, as mentioned, Batman will continue to air at 11:30pm leading into classic Transformers and classic G.I. Joe. Then the Friday and Saturday night schedule will be the same in late night. From 1-2am, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids will now air on both nights. Then at 2am, an airing of Doogie Howser M.D. will air leading into Family Ties at 2:30am. From 3-4am will now be an airing each of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. From 4-5am will now be back-to-back The Wonder Years leading into an hour of Batman from 5-6am.

And finally, moving on to Sunday nights. The primetime line-up from Mon-Thurs will also air on Sunday nights now! So that's Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Facts of Life, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Batman from 9pm-12am. From 12-2am on Sunday nights will be back-to-back episodes of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Then at 2am, like on Friday and Saturday nights, an airing of Doogie Howser M.D. will air leading into Family Ties at 2:30am. From 3-4am, like on Friday and Saturday nights, will now be an airing each of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. Unfortunately The Wonder Years will not air on Sunday nights in the 4am hour as Hub originals will air.

This is the first major schedule change for the sitcom line-up for The Hub since it started. While three new shows are joining, it is good that no sitcoms are leaving. We hope they continue to bring in sitcoms for years to come. The Hub is not a sitcom network, so it is nice that they give us some in primetime and late night. For fans of The Wonder Years, Family Ties and Doogie Howser M.D., maybe these will be back to primetime in the next change, but for now watch them on weekend late nights. Stay with us for further updates as we get them.


Moving on, TV Land has re-acquired its classic western Gunsmoke. The contract expired at the end of last August, as we mentioned, but now they will bring it back starting TODAY! The classic western will begin today Monday, March 19, 2012 airing weekdays at approx. 1pm and 2pm (time is approximate due to TV Land's off-the-clock schedule). The two-hours will replace an hour of Murder, She Wrote and Bonanza. But not to worry, Murder, She Wrote will remain airing weekdays at 8am, while Bonanza will air for three airings a day from approx. 3-6pm. The only other schedule change will be also in daytime. The second hour of The Andy Griffith Show will now be another hour of M*A*S*H from approx. 12-1pm. Andy will continue to air from approx. 11am-12pm, while M*A*S*H will still air in the evenings from approx. 6-8pm.
There are no other changes to the schedule, but the return of Gunsmoke is big news as it has been a staple on their schedule since the start of the network in 1996. It looks like it must have been missed on the afternoon line-up for the last six months.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, March 22

The Conners - "Of Missing Minds and Missing Fries" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
It’s Thanksgiving at the Conners and Jackie must come to terms with her mother, Beverly, becoming ill. Meanwhile, Darlene is on the job hunt which proves to be more difficult than anticipated.

The Conners - "Crumbs and Couch Surfers" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Darlene, Ben, Becky and Beverly Rose move into the new house, where Darlene implements a new set of rules. Meanwhile, Harris welcomes a guest at Dan and Louise’s.

Abbott Elementary - "Fight" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
During a day of touchdowns and missed plays, the Abbott Elementary faculty find themselves learning lessons in teamwork. Two of Janine’s students aren’t getting along in class, leading her to seek advice from her colleagues on how to help repair their friendship. Meanwhile, Melissa and Ava plot to bring down Mr. Johnson in fantasy football.

Not Dead Yet - "Pilot" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Nell attempts to restart her life in a new place with a new job and a new roommate. She begins writing obituaries at the local paper and starts getting life advice from an unlikely source.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne - "Like New Money" (BET, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Curtis suspects his food truck was blown up intentionally, and he starts investigating the incident; Calvin must get to the bottom of Calvin Jr.'s mischievous deeds.

Tyler Perry's Assisted Living - "I Believe" (BET, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Philip learns about being accountable for one's actions and putting life's obstacles in perspective; Reginald must pick himself up out of his slump and find the strength to believe in love again.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 20)

Wednesday, March 22

  • Molly Shannon (I Love That for You/The Other Two/Divorce/Kath & Kim) - Watch Molly on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Bakersfield P.D.) - Giancarlo is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Fred Armisen (Los Espookys/Forever/Final Space) - Fred appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Al Franken (LateLine) - Al guest hosts Comedy Central's The Daily Show at 11pm.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Friends/Muddling Through/Ferris Bueller/Molloy) - Jennifer chats about the highly anticipated sequel Murder Mystery 2 on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mae Whitman (Up Here) - Mae catches up with the hosts to talk about her role in the upcoming Hulu series Up Here on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs/Alex, Inc.) - Zach chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Do Not Disturb/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry will be on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Coco Jones (Good Luck Charlie) and Skai Jackson (Bunk'd/Jessie) - Coco and Skai are guests on The Jennifer Hudson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood/New Girl/Modern Men) - Max talks about his children's book on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) - Drew discusses the mystery of menopause on CBS Mornings sometime between 7-9am.
  • Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men/Togetherness) - Melanie talks about Yellowjackets on CBS Mornings sometime between 7-9am.
  • Kelly Hu (In Case of Emergency) - Kelly discusses her roles on two television series BMF on Starz and East New York on CBS on Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Kyra Sedgwick (Call Your Mother) - Kyra discusses the film Space Oddity on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!/Reboot/Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael talks about The Super Mario Bros. Movie on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am. Keegan-Michael and Cecily Strong talk about Schmigadoon! in the 9am hour.
  • Sophia Hammons (Up Here) - Sophia talks about Hulu's Up Here on WPIX in New York at 8:50am.


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Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Ghosts - Season One Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Ten Growing Pains - The Complete Series

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11/22 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/29 - Ghosts - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
12/06 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection
12/13 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season
12/13 - Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
01/03 - Andy Richter Controls the Universe - The Complete Series (2023 Release)
01/27 - Master of None - Season Three / The Complete Series
02/21 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Nine / The Complete Season Ten
02/28 - Growing Pains - The Complete Series
03/28 - Rick and Morty - Season 8 (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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