Thursday, October 24, 2019

Antenna TV's Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon; Remembering TV Producer Al Burton of Diff'rent Strokes, Charles in Charge and More

Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon

Once again on Halloween, Antenna TV is brewing up a BEWITCHING day with the twitchiest of witches and the sweetest of sorceresses. On Thursday, October 31, 2020 Antenna TV will air "Sabrina & Samantha Witch-O-Ween Marathon" from 5am to 4am ET of episodes from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Bewitched. Treat yourself to an entire day of both comedies with Sabrina from 5am-4pm and Bewitched from 4pm-4am (with a Johnny Carson break at 10pm). After all, what's scarier than high school? Or maybe Endora is scarier? Bewitched regularly airs on Antenna TV Weekdays 2pm ET/11am PT, Weeknights 3am ET /12am PT and Saturdays 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch regularly airs on Antenna TV on Weekends 5pm ET / 2pm PT.


Al Burton

Television producer Al Burton, who worked on The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes and Charles in Charge, has died. He died on October 22 at his home in San Mateo, California. Mr. Burton was 91.

Burton worked for Tandem Productions, which was created by television director Bud Yorkin and television writer/producer Norman Lear, from 1972 to 1983. During his tenure there, he worked as a creative supervisor for the satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and the satirical comedy series Fernwood 2 Night. He worked as a production supervisor and consultant for The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, Hello Larry, Sanford, Silver Spoons and Square Pegs. Some of the series were produced under the Embassy Television name.

Charles in Charge

He started his own production company called Al Burton Productions. He was an executive producer for Charles in Charge, The New Lassie and Out of Blue (1995-1996). In addition to his producing duties, he wrote the story for two episodes of Charles in Charge and one episode of Out of the Blue.

Burton, Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring wrote the lyrics for the Diff'rent Strokes theme song that was titled "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes." They also wrote the theme song for The Facts of Life, which was performed by Charlotte Rae and the cast for season 1 and by Loring for seasons 2-9. Burton, Michael Jacobs and David Kurtz wrote the theme song for Charles in Charge, which was performed by Shandi Sinnamon.

He was the Emmy-winning creator with Donnie Brainard and executive producer of the Comedy Central game show Win Ben Stein's Money. The series, which was hosted by Ben Stein with co-hosts Jimmy Kimmel (1997-2000), Nancy Pimental (2001-2001) and Sal Iacono (2002-2003), ran for 6 seasons from 1997 to 2003. It helped launch the career of Jimmy Kimmel. The series won seven Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show in 1999.

He was interviewed for the E! True Hollywood Story episodes for Diff'rent Strokes, Dana Plato, The Facts of Life, Sixteen Candles and Charles in Charge. He appeared in the Biography specials for Ben Stein in 2001 and for The Facts of Life in 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Burton, and their daughter, Jennifer Burton Werbe.

Mr. Burton was a prolific producer who worked on many sitcoms during his six-decade career. We thank him for helping bring us The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, Charles and Charge and more. He will be greatly missed.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, October 22

Sydney to the Max - "Honey, You Shrunk the Fit" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sydney is asked to represent a popular clothing line on social media but struggles with its "one size fits all" mold; in the '90s, Max enlists Leo to help him get buff to impress Alisha.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "Adventures in Alien House-Sitting" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Gabby gets FOMO while babysitting an alien smart home, but when she uses the cool alien tech to lure a party to the house, the situation goes dangerously interstellar.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 18)

Friday, October 22

  • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Watch Martin on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) and Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso) - Jason, Brendan and Joe Kelly are guests on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Broad City/Baby Boom) - Susie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon) - Montana appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ricky Gervais (After Life/The Office) - Ricky talks about his new podcast, Absolutely Mental, on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany guest hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah guest hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary) - Quinta is a guest on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Benanti (Younger/The Detour/Go On) - Laura will be on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa appears on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Son of Zorn/Suburgatory) - Cheryl is a guest on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


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

Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)

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)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Deluxe Edition (100 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Standard Edition (50 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/24 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season 2
09/07 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
10/19 - Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
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10/14 - Antenna TV's Bewitched 24-Hour Halloween Marathon; Rewind TV's Sabrina Witch-O-Ween Marathon
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09/29 - Curb Your Enthusiasm Returns Yet Again; Archer Returning for Lucky Season 13 on FXX
09/28 - Nick at Nite Acquires Mike & Molly; NBC Orders Night Court to Series
09/27 - MeTV Network Halloween Schedule; HBO Max Renews The Other Two for Third Season
09/26 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of September 27, 2021)
09/25 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Night Court Reboot Gets Series Order; Season Premiere Date Set for The Orville
09/24 - Fri-Yay: Ted Lasso Wins Big at The Emmys; CBS Expands Ghosts Premiere to One-Hour; Remembering Willie Garson of Sex and the City, Director Jay Sandrich
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