With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, ABC accomplished their goal last season of creating a solid night of comedy, now our favorites are back with the addition of some familiar faces…
Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment to one another as a “valid life choice,” something they proclaim often – and often loudly. Maddie’s younger sister, Mia, has been dating Casey for seven weeks. With a shared c’est la vie attitude, Mia and Casey are smitten with each other, and thrilled to explore the oh-so-many things they don’t know about each other yet. But when they announce they’re getting married and having a baby, it’s news that throws Maddie for a loop. Surprisingly, the girls’ parents, Vicky and Joel, couldn’t be more pleased. Married 35 years, they have recently adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, rather like Mia’s, cptfc maybe because they’re getting older and lost a good portion of their savings when the economy tanked. With three very different relationships tightly intertwined in one family, will it be free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently?
If there is one block currently on TV that I am looking forward to the most is ABC’s Wednesday nights. Last year, they launched four brand new comedies, three of which survived, one didn’t, and one became a phenomenon. Modern Family, or should I say, Emmy-winning Modern Family, continues to anchor the night at 9/8c with a brand new season which will feature Nathan Lane and give us a peek into Cameron (Emmy-winning Eric Stonestreet) family. Although I have not seen the premiere, I have heard that the producers are not changing much, and sticking with what works.
Continuing to follow at 9:30/8:30c is Cougar Town, which went from being just okay, to a brand new and wonderful program by the season’s end. Now, no longer show about Courtney Cox’s younger beaus, but rather a show about her friends, Florida, and wine. Lots of it. The first two episodes of the season play like they never left, the same wit, charm, and funny is present throughout and a guest like Cox’s old Friend Jennifer Aniston is hilarious in the premiere airing tonight as Jules’ new therapist.
The changes, however, are present starting at 8/7c, where returning The Middle launches the night, with those fabulously funny kids. I got to preview the first two episodes which showcase Patricia Heaton’s former mother-in-law Doris Roberts as Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer is brilliant) new teacher. Following The Middle, is a new multi-cam comedy Better with You. It stars the charming Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnegan, as sister in two different stages of love. Mia (Garcia) just got engaged to Casey (the new and funny Jake Lacy) who she has known for two months, while Maddie (Finnegan) has been in a committed but not married relationship with Ben (Josh Cooke) for nine years.
Better with You is a very traditional comedy, filmed in front of a live audience, it delivers many laughs but certainly does not give us anything amazingly creative, but with talent like Debra Jo Rupp and the wonderful nature of Garcia, I could not help but smile. ABC’s kicks of comedy tonight at 8/7c!