Thursday, April 29, 2021

ABC Revises Summer Premieres and Finales, Announces Drama Finale Dates; IMDb TV Gets Greg Garcia Comedy

The Celebrity Dating Game

ABC has revised premiere dates for some of its Summer Fun & Games series. Press Your Luck and The $100,000 Pyramid will now both premiere two weeks earlier on Wednesday, May 26 from 8-10pm, rather than Wed. June 9. Card Sharks will now premiere a week later on Wednesday, June 16 at 10pm, rather than the previously planned June 9. And finally, The Ultimate Surfer will now premiere a week later on Monday, August 23 at 10pm rather than Aug. 16. The series will air for a month on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10pm following Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres a week earlier on Aug. 16. The Celebrity Dating Game, which still premieres June 14, will now have its season finale on Aug. 16 at 10pm. The Bachelorette finale is likely a three-hour event on Aug. 9.

ABC has also announced its drama finales. The Rookie has its season finale on Sunday, May 16 at 10pm, while Big Sky wraps its first season on Tuesday, May 18 at 10pm. The rest of the dramas will wrap in June. Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy will end their seasons on Thursday, June 3 from 8-10pm, while Rebel will wrap a week later on June 10 with a two-hour finale. The Good Doctor will end its 20 episode season on Monday, June 7 at 10pm following The Bachelorette premiere. And finally, A Million Little Things will have its season finale from 9-11pm on Wednesday, June 9. We already announced that ABC's Tuesday and Wednesday comedies will have their finales on May 18 and May 19. Reality wise, Pooch Perfect, Shark Tank, AFV and American Idol will all wrap between May 18-23. And finally, ABC is bringing more Disney magical moments into homes with the return of The Wonderful World of Disney film series on Monday nights from 8-10pm beginning May 3. Throughout the entire month, ABC will air iconic titles currently available to stream on Disney+, beginning with the broadcast debuts of both Disney and Pixar's Finding Dory and Academy Award(R)-nominated Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2, followed by Walt Disney Animation Studios' Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, and Academy Award-winning Disney and Pixar's Monsters, Inc.


Garret Dillahunt, Philip Garcia and Illeana Douglas

IMDb TV, Amazon's premium free streaming service, announced it has ordered Sprung, a new single-camera comedy series from Emmy Award-winning writer Greg Garcia. Starring Garret Dillahunt, Sprung centers on an unlikely group of formerly incarcerated people, who band together to use their criminal expertise for good. From Amazon Studios, Sprung follows Jack (Dillahunt), a convicted criminal who is determined to change course and reclaim his lost years after serving over two decades in prison. With no place to live post-release, and a global pandemic bringing the world to a virtual standstill, Jack moves in with his former cellmate Rooster (Phillip Garcia), Rooster's mom Barb (Illeana Douglas), and Jack's former prison girlfriend Gloria. Bound by their marred past and unusual living circumstances, they decide to start righting some of society's wrongs, targeting those people selfishly taking advantage of others during the pandemic. Starting May 1, Garcia's Emmy Award-winning series My Name is Earl joins the extensive and always updating library of hit movies and television shows on IMDb TV.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, February 20

Night Court - "Taught and Bothered" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Abby finds she has a crush on the HR rep who's come to teach the Night Court crew about respect in the workplace; Wyatt gets more than he bargained for when he asks Dan for a thank-you.

Extended Family - "The Consequences of Helping People" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Julia helps get Jim out of a jam by lying and conniving to get his friend's kid into an exclusive private school, but there are unforeseen consequences to her dishonesty.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 19)

Tuesday, February 20

  • Jenny Slate (The Great North/Big Mouth/Married/Bob's Burgers) - Catch Jenny on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Schmigadoon!/Friends from College/Playing House/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Natasha Leggero (Broke/Dice/Another Period/Free Agents) - Natasha is a guest on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jon Cryer (Extended Family/Two and a Half Men/The Trouble with Normal/Partners/The Famous Teddy Z) - Jon appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Abigail Spencer (Extended Family) and Donald Faison (Extended Family/The Exes/Scrubs/Clueless) - Abigail and Donald talk about Extended Family on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - NBC's Today catches up with Josh in the 9am hour.
  • Hilary Swank (Camp Wilder) and Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State) - Hilary and Alan talk about Ordinary Angels on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Gina Rodriguez (Not Dead Yet) - Gina talks about the new season of Not Dead Yet on ABC on Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Liza Koshy (Liza on Demand) - Liza is joining the Drew's News desk to cover stories like why baby talk might be a sign of a healthy relationship and choker necklaces making a comeback in 2024 on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


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

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Father Knows Best - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

11/07 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/14 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/05 - Father Knows Best - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
12/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 2 (Blu-ray)
12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
12/15 - Letterkenny - Season 11
12/19 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series
12/22 - Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection (includes The Ropers and Three's a Crowd)
01/09 - South Park - Seasons 11-15 (Blu-ray)
01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One

That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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