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[04/27/09 - 01:41 PM]
Hallmark Channel Responds to Fan Calls, Best of Dorothy Zbornak Episodes of 'Golden Girls' Expanded Over 5 Days as Network Salutes Beloved Funnywoman Bea Arthur
The tribute will now begin this week in addition to the previously announced Memorial Day schedule.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

HALLMARK CHANNEL RESPONDS TO FAN CALLS, BEST OF DOROTHY ZBORNAK EPISODES OF 'GOLDEN GIRLS' EXPANDED OVER 5 DAYS AS NETWORK SALUTES BELOVED FUNNYWOMAN BEA ARTHUR

Tribute Begins Tuesday, April 28, Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30 (7-9p); Sunday, May 3 (6a-3a); Monday, May 25 (6:30a-2:30a)

At the Studio City, CA home of Hallmark Channel, fans of the classic comedy "Golden Girls" flooded the network's Viewer Services department today with parenthetical appreciation for the channel's weekend announcement of a Memorial Day Tribute to Bea Arthur. The qualifier to the announcement included these sentiments: more, sooner, please.

Hallmark Channel responded by hand-selecting the "Best of the Dorothy Zbornak Episodes" which begin running Tuesday, April 28 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.) and continue, Wednesday, April 29 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.), Thursday, April 30 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.), Sunday, May 3 (6 a.m.-3 a.m.) and the previously announced Memorial Day schedule, Monday, May 25 (6:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.).

A complete run down of episodes follows: ALL TIMES ET/PT

TUESDAY, APRIL 28

7:00 pm "Forgive Me, Father" Blanche and Rose plan a nice dinner at the house for Dorothy and her new boyfriend whom she later learns is a priest. She later gets another shock when she learns he plans to leave the church.

7:30 pm "Feelings" Dorothy receives threats after failing a football star, which means he can't play in an upcoming game.

8:00 pm "There Goes the Bride, Part 1 of 2" Dorothy has been sneaking around so that Sophia doesn't discover that she's been dating Stan. However, when Stan proposes, Dorothy must reveal the truth to Sophia.

8:30 pm "There Goes the Bride, Part 2 of 2" Totally against Dorothy and Stan's impending nuptials, Sophia vows to not let the ceremony go off."

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

7:00 pm "That Was No Lady" Dorothy finds herself on the other side of the table when her latest boyfriend Glen gives her a shock when he tells her he's married. She surprises herself when she finds herself sneaking around to be with him.

7:30 pm "Son-in-Law Dearest" Dorothy's daughter, Kate is coming for a visit and has a big announcement. However, when Kate arrives, her announcement is far from exciting. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose stay up and watch an "I Love Lucy" marathon.

8:00 pm "Love for Sale" The girls prepare for the Children's Hospital Bachelorette Auction and a reluctant Dorothy decides to participate. She is in for a surprise when Stan walks in and begins bidding.

8:30 pm "The Commitments" Dorothy gets wrapped up in "Beatlemania" and begins dating a Beatle impersonator.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

7:00 pm "And Ma Makes Three" Feeling sorry for a lonely Sophia, Dorothy allows her to come along on a date with her. Pretty soon Sophia begins tagging along on every date."

7:30 pm "Cheaters" The married man whom Dorothy once dated re-enters her life and has news that he's now divorced and would like to reconcile with Dorothy.

8:00 pm "The Monkey Show, Part 1 of 2" Dorothy gets a visit first from Stan with news that he's over her and moving on with his life. Dorothy quickly discovers who he's moving on with: Her sister, Gloria.

8:30 pm "The Monkey Show, Part 2 of 2" Dorothy is stunned to discover Gloria and Stan sleeping together in her bed. Dorothy is more stunned when she learns that Sophia pushed Stan and Gloria together."

SUNDAY, MAY 3

8:30 am "Dorothy's Prized Pupil" One of Dorothy's students has been doing very well in her class, so she decides to submit a paper that he wrote for a contest. However, this inadvertently signals to the INS that he is an illegal alien. Guest star Mario Lopez

9:00 am "The Operation" During a tap dance rehearsal with Rose and Blanche, Dorothy injures her foot and later is hesitant about having foot surgery. Meanwhile, with Dorothy out of the recital, Blanche and Rose must re-work their act.

9:30 am "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?" Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement: She's engaged. Dorothy is thrilled but her happiness quickly turns to anger when she realizes that her ex-husband, Stan, is going to be invited.

10:00 am "Love Under the Big Top" Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer who's decided that he's leaving law to become a circus clown. Guest star Dick Van Dyke

10:30 am "Dorothy's New Friend" Dorothy befriends a novelist, Barbara Thorndyke and she quickly infringes on Dorothy's relationship with Blanche and Rose.

11:00 am "To Catch a Neighbor" The girls invite their new neighbors over for dinner but later, after they leave, two police detectives arrive with some unsettling news: The girls' new neighbors are really dealers in stolen gems. Guest star George Clooney.

11:30 am "All Bets Are Off" Dorothy's gambling problem re-surfaces after a visit to the race track and quickly begins falling in to debt and gaining an apathy to her job.

12:00 pm "Stan Takes a Wife" Stan breaks the news that he's engaged to be married. However, after Sophia falls ill, Stan comforts Dorothy, which sparks old feelings.

12:30 pm Golden Girls: "Questions and Answers" Dorothy is excited when she learns the 'Jeopardy' is having tryouts in Miami. Meanwhile, Blanche and Dorothy give Rose a dog to cheer her up.

1:00 pm "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, Part 1 of 2" Blanche needs someone to entertain her visiting Uncle Lucas. She persuades Dorothy into going out with him and the two later come up with a scheme to get revenge on Blanche. However, their scheme seems to become all too real, as Uncle Lucas' "phoney" marriage proposal soon becomes sincere.

1:30 pm "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, Part 2 of 2" As Dorothy's wedding day approaches, everyone is making preparations. In the end, Sophia and Rose decide to stay with Blanche and Dorothy says a tearful goodbye.

2:00 pm "Till Death Do We Volley" Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives the old rivalry between them. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies.

2:30 pm "Comedy of Errors" Dorothy finds a list of things that she wanted to accomplish and finds that she hasn't accomplished many of them. So she decides to go after one of them: Entertaining people.

3:00 pm "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?" Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement: She's engaged. Dorothy is thrilled but her happiness quickly turns to anger when she realizes that her ex-husband, Stan, is going to be invited.

3:30 pm "To Catch a Neighbor" The girls invite their new neighbors over for dinner but later, after they leave, two police detectives arrive with some unsettling news: The girls' new neighbors are really dealers in stolen gems. Guest star George Clooney.

4:00 pm "Dorothy's Prized Pupil" One of Dorothy's students has been doing very well in her class, so she decides to submit a paper that he wrote for a contest. However, this inadvertently signals to the INS that he is an illegal alien. Guest star Mario Lopez

4:30 pm "The Operation" During a tap dance rehearsal with Rose and Blanche, Dorothy injures her foot and later is hesitant about having foot surgery. Meanwhile, with Dorothy out of the recital, Blanche and Rose must re-work their act.

5:00 pm "Dorothy's New Friend" Dorothy befriends a novelist, Barbara Thorndyke and she quickly infringes on Dorothy's relationship with Blanche and Rose.

5:30 pm "Love Under the Big Top" Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer who's decided that he's leaving law to become a circus clown. Guest star Dick Van Dyke

6:00 pm "Sick and Tired, Part 1 of 2" Dorothy is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine and that the problem is mental.

6:30 pm "Sick and Tired, Part 2 of 2" Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and meets Dr. Chang, who is finally able to put a name to Dorothy's malady: Chronic fatigue syndrome.

7:00 pm "All Bets Are Off" Dorothy's gambling problem re-surfaces after a visit to the race track and she quickly begins falling in to debt and gaining an apathy to her job.

7:30 pm "The Case of the Libertine Belle" The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery.

8:00 pm "Goodbye, Mr. Gordon" Dorothy is contacted by a high school teacher she once had a crush on. They quickly begin seeing each other.

8:30 pm "Journey to the Center of Attention" Blanche brings a lonely, Dorothy down to the Rusty Anchor for a night of excitement.

9:00 pm "Stan Takes a Wife" Stan breaks the news that he's engaged to be married. However, after Sophia falls ill, Stan comforts Dorothy, which sparks old feelings.

9:30 pm "Questions and Answers" Dorothy is excited when she learns the 'Jeopardy' is having tryouts in Miami. Meanwhile, Blanche and Dorothy give Rose a dog to cheer her up.

10:00 pm "Till Death Do We Volley" Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives the old rivalry between them. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies.

10:30 pm "Comedy of Errors" Dorothy finds a list of things that she wanted to accomplish and finds that she hasn't accomplished many of them. So she decides to go after one of them: Entertaining people.

11:00 pm "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, Part 1 of 2" Blanche needs someone to entertain her visiting Uncle Lucas. She persuades Dorothy into going out with him and the two later come up with a scheme to get revenge on Blanche. However, their scheme seems to become all too real, as Uncle Lucas' "phoney" marriage proposal soon becomes sincere.

11:30 pm "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, Part 2 of 2" As Dorothy's wedding day approaches, everyone is making preparations. In the end, Sophia and Rose decide to stay with Blanche and Dorothy says a tearful goodbye.

12:00 am "What a Difference a Date Makes" The man who stood Dorothy up for her senior prom contacts her and they make a date. After learning why he stood her up, Dorothy unleashes her wrath at Sophia.

12:30 am "The Case of the Libertine Belle" The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery.

1:00 am "Sick and Tired, Part 1 of 2" Dorothy is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine and that the problem is mental.

1:30 am "Sick and Tired, Part 2 of 2" Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and meets Dr. Chang who is finally able to put a name to Dorothy's malady: Chronic fatigue syndrome.

2:00 am "Journey to the Center of Attention" Blanche brings a lonely Dorothy down to the Rusty Anchor for a night of excitement.

2:30 am "Goodbye, Mr. Gordon" Dorothy is contacted by a high school teacher she once had a crush on. They quickly begin seeing each other.

The acid-tongued Dorothy defended her social views in a way that was compatible with Arthur's physically imposing 5 feet 9 inch frame. Actors who worked with Bea Arthur agreed, no one held a stare or delivered a line more deftly. Her comedic timing was impeccable. "Golden Girls" was a groundbreaking TV series, stretching the demographic boundaries of television, giving older people and women a voice they had never had before. Hallmark Channel CEO Henry Schleiff remarked in a press release about Arthur's death on April 25, "'Golden Girls was an instant hit for this network.'"

"Golden Girls" plays daily on Hallmark Channel [Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m., 7-9 p.m., 12-2 a.m., Saturdays 6-9 a.m., Sundays 8:30-10 a.m.].

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media United States, LLC is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 86 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel which plays the greatest family movies of all time, Hallmark Movie Channel, and launched Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April, 2008. 66





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