TV Espresso: Common Law, Castle, Friends, OLTL, & Tennessee Tuxedo

Friends couch for saleABC is hoping to get a bit more mileage out of the One Life to Live finale, Castle gets extended, you can own a piece of Friends, Tennessee Tuxedo is coming to DVD, Common Law is being rescheduled, and a few notable dates in TV history.

Common Law
USA Network recently announced that their new Common Law TV series would debut on January 26th. The cable channel has now revised its plans and has decided to delay the show until summer. They believe that, since the series has an action-comedy feel to it, Common Law will find more success with a summer launch. A specific date hasn’t been announced yet. Common Law stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as a detective team who are forced to attend couples counseling.

Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales
The 1960s animated series is being released on DVD in a “complete collection. It’ll be released by Shout! Factory on March 6th and will include 21 hours of cartoon goodness. In this series, you may recall that Get Smart’s Don Adams stars as the voice of a scheming penguin named Tennessee Tuxedo. His best friend is Chumley the Walrus (voiced by Bradley Bolke) and together, they escape their zoo home and get into trouble in the outside world.

Profiles in History is selling several recognizable items from the popular 1990s sitcom. Pieces that are set to go up for auction include the faded mohair orange couch from Central Perk (estimated to sell for $4,000-6,000), the golden peephole frame from Monica’s apartment door (up to $1,000-2,000), and various other knick knacks from the Friends sets. The items are part of the Icons of Hollywood sale which will be held on December 15th and 16th in Beverly Hills.

ABC has ordered an additional episode of Castle, bringing the current season total to 23 installments. The Monday night TV series is currently averaging a 2.5 in the 18-49 demographic with 11.1 million total viewers. That’s down by 7% when compared to last season. Castle ended up with a 24 episode order for the 2010-11 season.

One Life to Live
There’s still hope that All My Children and One Life to Live will continue online but it seems certain that they are both finished on ABC. AMC’s finale aired in September and the OLTL finale will air on January 13th. The View will be running a special send-off episode for OLTL on the day of the last episode. They’ll be airing interviews with current and past castmembers, memorable clips, and special footage from the last episode. Erika Slezak will be the featured guest, along with series creator Agnes Nixon.


2005: The feel-good reality show Three Wishes left CBS after one short 10 episode season.

1995: The animated version of Ace Ventura debuted on CBS.

1990: The TV movie Columbo Goes To College aired on ABC.

1978: CBS pulled Rhoda off the air after five seasons, leaving four episodes on the shelf.

1965: A Charlie Brown Christmas first ran on CBS and continues to get good ratings in reruns year after year.

What do you think? Do you think USA is being smart to reschedule Common Law? If you could, would you like to own something from the Friends set? Glad to hear Castle’s getting another installment? Will you be watching the special episode of The View?

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  1. Paula Staab says

    I find the shows on USA to be a refreshing change from other shows on TV. They don’t only show new shows during sweeps and so they don’t bow to the catastrophe shows during sweeps-“the most shocking episode ever”. Every show is great as you get to know the characters in each show better with each episode. They are characters you can care about- which is the basic reason I watch any show. There is always a bit of humor, quick wit, with a little sarcasm, for good measure. Burn Notice, Suits, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Royal Pains, Psych and the new and fun, Necessary Roughness. The shows are all entertaining and just, FUN!

  2. Bethany says

    I believe Suits is aired in the Summer on USA (or is it TNT, honestly I always get those two mixed up) And if they choose to air this show alongside that show, I will probably tune in. However if they let it float out there on its own, it might as well never air, as I will never remember it long enough to look for it.

    • Kat says

      Yep, “Suits” is on USA Network! :) They should definitely pair those two shows (not that I’d, personally, watch either). USA has a history of launching their new shows alongside a successful established show, so that’s probably how they’ll do it when this launches.

  3. Kat says

    As much as I adore Michael Ealy, I won’t be watching Common Law regardless of when it launches. Modern USA Network shows are best taken in small doses, I’ve found. I watch Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, and Psych. The rest (and there are many) hold no appeal for me (or my family, for that matter). We watched shows like Monk, The Dead Zone, The 4400, and Touching Evil… now THOSE were great shows! As for Castle, that’s great, as long as it’s not one of those “we’re canning your show, so we’re giving you one more episode to wrap things up” deals. Castle’s been good for ABC, but who knows if it has a place in ABC’s new paradigm? And an animated Ace Ventura… I bet 1995’s still wincing. Not necessarily a bad idea for a TV show, but I much prefer the animated Beetlejuice version.

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