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It’s the 1980s (Again) in Primetime!

Hey TVScreeners. As you might have noticed, things have been pretty quiet on the TVScreener.com front lately. Blame a slew of holiday gift guides and other features I’ve been writing for TV Squad, plus a little 50,000-word book project that I have, oh, about a month to write … but that’ll wrap shortly (and I’ll share more about it when the release date gets closer), and things will be back to normal around the ol’ TV blog soon enough. PS – Stay tuned for a killer TVScreener.com Christmas giveaway. Seriously, hundreds of dollars worth of TV-related swag to share, and it kicks off right after Thanksgiving!

In the meantime, I had to take a sec to post about the awesome little ’80s revival that’s happening in primetime these days:

Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck‘s back on the tube with Blue Bloods, one of the few new hits of the fall TV season;

The Hollywood Reporter uh, reports, that Remington Steele and James Bond movie star Pierce Brosnan is headed back to primetime, in a show that sounds Bond-ish;

– The Hub is airing back-to-back episodes of Family Ties Monday thru Thursday nights (8 and 8:30 PM), which has not only been a reminder of what a genius of comedic timing Michael J. Fox is, but, via that “Sit, Ubu, sit” ending, has helped me finally figure out the origin of my obsession with Labrador Retrievers. PS – My fellow Family Ties fans, a must-read book: The autobio of Ties creator Gary David Goldberg, called Sit, Ubu, Sit and featuring the iconic photo of the pooch on the cover;

– The ubiquitous presence of Betty White (and all the ’80s stars on her TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland) on TV, as well as in the awesome new Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection DVD box set (in packaging that mimics Sophia’s handbag);

– TNT’s in-the-works Dallas series remake, which may star Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and the legend himself, Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing;

– Comedies like The Middle, Modern Family and Raising Hope (which several of my TV critic cohorts and I at Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green picked as one of the best new shows of the season) have led a revival of the type of great family sitcoms we haven’t seen a prevalence of since the ’80s;

– And the new TBS ’80s college comedy Glory Daze, which, in addition to being solidly funny and starring a cast of talented, endearing newcomers, also boasts the fashions, trends and music of the ’80s. Delightful.

Oh, and though it’s not primetime, it is ’80s TV-related: The Pee-wee Herman Show, the new Broadway show that’s like being live at Pee-wee’s Playhouse. TVScreener.com reader Rich told me he’s seeing the show the day after Thanksgiving, and I cannot highly enough recommend that anyone else who loves the Playhouse and will be in NYC during the holidays check it out. Even though the show isn’t about the holidays, I can’t think of a better way to get yourself in a feel-good holiday mood.

So, who else is loving this retro vibe in primetime? Dallas will soon return … what other ’80s drama or sitcom would you love to see remade? Which other ’80s TV superstars would you like to have join Tom Selleck, Pierce Brosnan and Ed O’Neill (not to mention Cheers star  Shelley Long as a Modern Family guest star and Miami Vice star Don Johnson in that recent Eastbound and Down appearance) in a return to TV land?

WIN THIS! ‘Modern Family’ Season 1 DVD Box Set

HOORAY! We have our winners:

Timothy W., Michelle L. and Loretta! Congrats, Timothy W., Michelle L. and Loretta, and thanks for entering. Your awesome prizes will be on their way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV Screener.com!

And everyone, stay tuned to TVScreener.com … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

Season two premieres tonight (9PM ET, ABC), which makes it the perfect time for a Modern Family season 1 DVD giveaway, and thanks to the generosity of our friends at Fox Home Entertainment, TVScreener.com has three copies of the DVD set to give away to readers!

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:
One of the highest rated new television shows of the year, the engaging, honest and hilarious mockumentary view of today’s non-traditional households, Modern Family: The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-ray and DVD this week from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Come join the family for the laugh-out-loud and critically-acclaimed (and Emmy-winning!) breakout hit of the year, featuring an all-star cast led by two-time Golden Globe nominee and recently announced recipient of his own star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and one of the most endearing child actors on TV, Rico Rodriguez. Created and produced by industry veterans Steven Levitan (Just Shoot Me) and Christopher Lloyd (Frasier), Modern Family takes a refreshing and funny view of what it means to raise a family in this hectic day and age. Multi-cultural relationships, adoption, and same-sex marriage are just a few of the timely issues faced by the show’s three wildly-diverse broods. No matter the size or shape, family always comes first in this hilariously modern look at life, love, and laughter.

The hit series, referred to as “the funniest sitcom pilot of the fall” by Time magazine’s James Poniewozik, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD as a complete collection including all 24 episodes from the freshman season. Plus fans can enjoy tons of never-before-seen material including cast interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted, extended and alternate scenes, a gag reel and more.

To win your own copy of this hilarious series on DVD, simply answer the following question:

What is the name of the clown that Cameron portrays at his nephew’s birthday party?

– Bozo
– Pringles
– Fizbo
– Synergy

Remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with the answer to the trivia question, and an e-mail address where you can be reached
– Deadline to enter is October 6 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of October 6, as an update to this post

Good luck, Modern Fam fans!

WIN THIS! ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 5 DVD Box Set

HOORAY! We have our winners:

Amanda, Son Huynh and Victor V.! Congrats, Amanda, Son Huynh and Victor V., and thanks for entering. Your awesome prizes will be on their way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV Screener.com!

And everyone, stay tuned to TVScreener.com … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

How I Met Your Mother, season six, premieres this week (September 20, 8PM ET, CBS), while season five premieres on DVD on Sept. 21 … that’s a lot of Neil Patrick Harris. And to celebrate (because, of course, NPH is definitely worthy of a celebration), Fox Home Entertainment has given TVScreener.com three copies of the HIMYM season five DVD box set to pass along to three lucky readers!

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Hopeless romantic Ted Mosby gets one step closer to his soul mate when How I Met Your Mother Season Five arrives on DVD September 21 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris leads a stellar ensemble cast including Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders in the hit comedy that dissects the trials and tribulations of dating life in New York City. The show is narrated by an older version of Ted (Bob Saget) as he fondly recalls adventures from his single days with his friends to his children. Season five of the hilarious love story told in reverse finds the gang encountering their doppelgangers, contemplating dual citizenship, struggling to achieve the perfect week of sexual conquests, buying a house, getting mugged by a monkey and even starting a family.

With legendary bonus features including the trailer for The Wedding Bride, the fictional film based on an exaggerated and one-sided version of Ted’s breakup with Stella from season four, behind the scenes of the 100th episode, a blooper/gag reel, commentary and more, How I Met Your Mother Season Five features 24 hilarious episodes and will be available as a three-disc DVD.

For your chance of winning your own copy of How I Met Your Mother Season Five on DVD, simply answer the following question:

In the series, where does Ted Mosby live?

– Los Angeles
– New York City
– Seattle

Remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with the answer to the trivia question, and an e-mail address where you can be reached
– Deadline to enter is October 4 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of October 4, as an update to this post

Good luck, HIMYM fans!

WIN THIS! ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Season 5 DVD Box Set

HOORAY! We have our winners:

Mitch, Debbie E. and Caren! Congrats, Mitch, Debbie E. and Caren, and thanks for entering. Your awesome prizes will be on their way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV Screener.com!

And everyone, stay tuned to TVScreener.com … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

Season six just premiered, and to celebrate another hilarious season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fox Home Entertainment has given TVScreener.com three copies to give away to our readers!

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:

Hey-oh! It’s time for another round of outrageousness as the irrepressible gang returns – more rude, crude, dysfunctional, and downright hilarious than ever before in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Five, which arrived on Blu-ray and DVD on September 14th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

From Internet dating and in-vitro fertilization to an uproarious road trip to the Grand Canyon, Season Five is loaded with seductions, interventions, back-stabbings, and beat-downs. You’ll find Dennis’s foolproof method (that no one else seems to grasp) for scoring with chicks, Frank wearing skinny jeans, and, of course, Flipadelphia! Brace yourself for a shot of laugh-out-loud insanity and see what’s on tap at Paddy’s Pub, the worst – and funniest – bar in the world!

The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Five Blu-ray and DVD feature all 12 original episodes and comes loaded with special features including deleted scenes, commentary from the cast, a blooper reel, featurettes and more.

To win your very own DVD copy of this hilarious show, simply answer this question:

What is the name of the gang’s bar?

MacDaddy’s
Paddy’s Pub
Luck O’ the Irish
O’Mally’s

Remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with the answer to the trivia question, and an e-mail address where you can be reached
– Deadline to enter is October 1 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of October 1, as an update to this post

Good luck, Sunny fans!

WIN THIS! ‘Glee’ Season 1 DVD Box Set

HOORAY! We have our winners:

Kim K. and Antonin! Congrats, Kim K. and Antonin, and thanks for entering. Your awesome prizes will be on their way to your mailboxes shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV Screener.com!

And everyone, stay tuned to TVScreener.com … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

Just watched the Neil Patrick Harris episode of Glee from the show’s first season … NPH and Matthew Morrison dueting on Dream On Kevin McHale, as Artie, fantasizing about a song-and-dance version of Safety Dance … great stuff! And with the Glee season two premiere just two weeks away (Sept. 21, 8PM ET, Fox), Fox Home Entertainment has given TVScreener.com two copies of the new Glee season one DVD box sets to give away to two lucky readers!

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:
“Gleeks” and “Cheerios” worldwide will celebrate September 14 when the groundbreaking musical comedy GLEE: The Complete First Season, The GLEEK Edition debuts on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

GLEE follows an optimistic teacher who – against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach – inspires McKinley High’s Glee Club to conquer the world one singing competition at a time. GLEE stars Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz. The hit show has attracted celebrity guest appearances by Kristin Chenoweth, Eve, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Newton-John, Idina Menzel and Molly Shannon.

GLEE: The Complete First Season, The GLEEK Edition Blu-ray and DVD are bursting with exclusive bonus materials and extended episodes, a sing-along karaoke, a behind-the-scenes look at The Power of Madonna episode, Glee Makeovers, never-before-seen “Sue’s Corners” and a dance tutorial titled “Staying in Step with Glee.” GLEE: The Complete First Season, The GLEEK Edition will be available in a four-disc Blu-ray and seven-disc DVD set.

And if that’s not enough Glee for you, why not check out the following as well:

Glee Your Life Application
Figure out the theme song to your life through this fun and insightful question and answer application.

Detention … With Sue!
Send your friends and loved ones to detention with the nefarious Sue. Once in detention, Sue begins to berate the friend, nonstop and without fail. Their picture will begin to deteriorate as Sue’s lecture goes on and eventually evaporate into dust. During the lecture, they will not be able to navigate away until the detention period has ended. They will be able to shoot spitwads at Sue, but beware, if they hit her in the head, it extends Detention!

Now, for your chance of winning your own copy of The Complete First Season of Glee, The Gleek Edition on DVD, simply answer the following question:

Which of the following singers has not been a guest star on Glee?
Idina Menzel
Josh Groban
John Mayer

Remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with the answer to the trivia question, and an e-mail address where you can be reached
– Deadline to enter is September 21 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The winner will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winner will be announced on the evening of September 21, as an update to this post

Good luck, Gleeks!

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