Thursday, August 19, 2021

Lifetime's Highway to Heaven Premieres November 6; COZI TV's Dog Days of Summer on August 21

Highway to Heaven - Jill Scott and Barry Watson

The Lifetime original movie Highway to Heaven, starring Grammy(R) Award winner Jill Scott and Barry Watson, is set to premiere on Saturday, November 6 at 8/7c. A "first look" trailer for the film has been released by the network in anticipation of the upcoming premiere. A contemporary take on Michael Landon's iconic 80s television series Highway to Heaven, the new movie follows Angela Stewart (Jill Scott), an angel who is sent back to earth to help others in need. In the premiere movie, Angela takes on the role of a temporary school counselor and finds herself working alongside junior high school principal Bruce Banks (Barry Watson) as she intervenes in the lives of a troubled student Cody (Ben Daon), his father Jeff (Robert Moloney) and his aunt Vanessa (Victoria Bidewell), who are grieving the tragic loss of Cody's mother, Melissa (Ashley Ross). As Angela seemingly works miracles with Cody, Bruce is stunned when he learns of the divine nature of Angela's work. Just like the original series, Lifetime wishes to retain the same messages of hope and encouragement for its audience, while exploring social and emotional issues with sensitivity, joy, and humor.

The first movie installment of the Highway to Heaven series is produced by Rain Productions and Propagate for Lifetime. Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken executive produce for Rain Productions; Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Gregory Lipstone and Rodney Ferrell executive produce from Propagate; Howard Braunstein is executive producer; Jill Scott and Shawn Gee also executive produce. Stacey K. Black directs from an original script by executive producer/writer Cathryn Humphris and award-winning playwright Angelica Chéri. Cindy Landon and Wayne Lepff are executive producing on behalf of Michael Landon's estate.




10 Secret Stories: TV's Amazing Dogs

COZI TV will be airing its Dog Days of Summer special, a day full of viewers' favorite television dogs, on Saturday, August 21 starting at 9:00 a.m. The special will begin with a Lassie marathon running until 1:00 p.m., followed by a special edition Ten Secret Stories episode, TV's Amazing Dogs, and concluding with a season two episode of Frasier, where fans are introduced to Dr. Frasier Crane's Jack Russell Terrier, Eddie, who will also be featured in the prior special Ten Secret Stories special. All of these animal-friendly episodes are to help kick-off NBCUniversal Local's Clear The Shelters™ campaign. The animal adoption campaign starts on Monday, August 23 and goes through Sunday, September 19.

Ten Secret Stories is a COZI original series that first aired in 2017. The half-hour episodes feature clips from many of television’s most beloved programming along with behind-the-scenes access to many of television's best-known personalities. This year's special is an updated episode from the original series showcasing TV's most iconic dogs. The special episode, TV's Amazing Dogs, will include appearances by The Nanny's Fran Drescher, sharing memories of her beloved dog, Chester, who also appeared on her sitcom, John Roberts from Bob's Burgers, comedian Chris Gethard, and from NBC's 1st Look, Johnny Bananas. Clear The Shelters™ is NBCUniversal Local's campaign promoting pet adoption and is returning for its seventh consecutive year on Monday, August 23. This campaign has nationally helped find forever homes for more than half a million pets. For more information on Clear The Shelters™ including participating animal shelters and rescues, along with details on local events, visit ClearTheShelters.com.

The following is the episode lineup for the Dog Days of Summer special airing on Saturday, August 21 (check local listings):
Lassie Episodes
9:00 a.m. – "Winged Rescue"
9:30 a.m. – "The Cliff"
10:00 a.m. – "Warm Heart--Cold Nose"
10:30 a.m. – "Whitewater Fury"
11:00 a.m. – "Lassie's Busy Day"
11:30 a.m. – "The River"
12:00 p.m. – "For the Love of Lassie (1)"
12:30 p.m. – "For the Love of Lassie (2)"
1:00 p.m. – Ten Secret Stories, "TV's Amazing Dogs"
1:30 p.m. – Frasier, "The Unkindest Kind of Cut" (Season 2, Episode 2)


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Saturday, June 15

The Conners - "Trucking Live in Front of a Fully Vaccinated Studio Audience -- East Coast" (The CW, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Conners continue to deal with the pandemic while navigating breakups and newfound sobriety, all while planning an upcoming wedding.

The Conners - "Education, Corruption, and Damnation" (The CW, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
After Ben declines Darlene's proposal, she starts to ponder why she tends to be so negative in life, prompting her to start a journey of self-discovery, which leads to Pastor Phil.

The Conners - "Sober Sex, Plastic Silverware, and Losing My Religion" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Part of Becky's recovery program mandates she make amends with people she has lied to over the years, leading her to meet up again with a former high school friend; Darlene visits with Pastor Phil; Louise continues planning her wedding.

The Conners - "The Wedding of Dan and Louise" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A weather report forecasting that a tornado is headed for Lanford creates chaos and surprises on Dan and Louise's wedding day.

Mind Your Business - "Stormed In-Laws" (Bounce TV, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Kimberly's parents do a pop-up visit, an unexpected storm traps everyone inside, resulting in Alfonso settling the score with his father-in-law. Howard Hewitt Guest Stars.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 10)

Friday, June 14

  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous/Champaign ILL) - Watch Jay on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Amy Poehler (Duncanville/Parks and Recreation) - Amy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Stephen appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) and Pete Holmes (How We Roll/Crashing) - Gillian and Pete are guests on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Watching Ellie/Seinfeld/Day by Day) - Julia talks about the movie Tuesday on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Jason Canela (Palm Royale) - Jason talks about Apple TV+'s Palm Royale on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Liza Colón-Zayas (The Bear) - Liza talks about FX's The Bear on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) - Hannah chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.


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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Too Close for Comfort - The Complete Series Check It Out! - The Complete Series The Jeffersons - The Complete Series (2024 Release) Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (2024 Release)

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02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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03/12 - Ghosts (UK) - The Complete Series
03/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 3 (Blu-ray)
03/12 - Rick and Morty - Season 7 (Blu-ray Steelbook) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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04/08 - Check It Out! - The Complete Series (VEI)
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06/11 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (2024 Release)

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