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At a Loss for Summer Programming? Check Out TV Land

May 18th, 2006 4:33pm EDT
TV Land will feature a Little House on the Prairie marathonTV Land is in high gear as it kicks off the summer with new originals, the addition of favorites such as The Jeffersons, classic marathons such as Little House and the Prairie, and other programming throughout August. Over the course of the summer, the network will premiere brand new episodes of “TV Land's Top Ten” and unveil the new series "My First Time."

In addition, the network will showcase movies such as Grease, Caddyshack and "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company."

Below is a detailed list of summer programming for TV Land:

TV Land's Top Ten (special)
Wednesday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
TV Land's Top Ten series celebrates television for the passionate TV viewer. By culling the best moments from hit TV shows and commentary from stars, experts and those in the know, each special counts down a different Top Ten. Episodes to air throughout the summer include Dynamic Duos, TV Spin-offs, TV Weddings, Brady Bunch episodes, Musical Moments and TV Cops.

"First Time" (new series)
Wednesday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
In this six-part series, TV Land will revisit the first major career milestones of some of America's most celebrated performers. Bolstered by original interviews with each star profiled, every 30-minute episode of “My First Time” will feature some of the biggest talents in Hollywood and trace their first "big break.”

"Benson" (show launch)
Saturday, June 3 (launches with a 48-hour weekend marathon)
This spin-off from Soap stars Robert Guillaume as a butler -- Benson -- who is sent by his boss, Jessica Tate to live with her widowed cousin, a governor. Guillaume received an Emmy for his role as the butler who also guides the governor on all his personal and political decisions. "Benson's" regular timeslot will be 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

"227" (show launch)
Monday, July 3
227 centers around the residents of apartment building No. 227, located in an African American neighborhood in Washington, DC. Mary Jenkins (Marla Gibbs) and her best friend Rose (Alaina Reed-Hall) enjoy nothing more than sitting on the stoop of their building sharing life's problems with each other and gossiping about the other tenants in the building, especially Sandra (Jackee) the sassy vixen in the building.

The Jeffersons (show launch)
Saturday, September 2
George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) is blessed with a new-found fortune, enabling him to expand his Queens-based dry cleaners business to include more locations, so he moves his wife, Weezy (Isabel Sanford) and son, Lionel to a luxurious apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Also on tap for TV Land this summer: Marathons featuring The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, Sanford and Son, and What’s Happening!!