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Fall TV 2010: The Three M’s of CBS Mondays

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, with a rocky year last year, can How I Met Your Mother rebound, and Chuck Lorre do it again on CBS…

What CBS Says about Mike & Molly:

MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men,” and “The Big Bang Theory”) about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) is a good-hearted cop who sincerely wants to lose weight. Mike’s partner, Officer Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson), is a thin, fast-talking wise-guy, who despite his teasing encourages Mike on his road to slimness and romance. While speaking at an O.A. meeting, Mike meets Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), an instantly likeable fourth-grade teacher with a healthy sense of humor about her curves. For Molly, focusing on smart choices isn’t easy because she lives with her sexy older sister, Victoria (Katy Mixon), and their mother, Joyce (Swoosie Kurtz), both of whom flaunt their healthy appetites and slender figures. Mike also faces temptation at the diner he and Carl frequent, where they’ve become friends with the Senegalese waiter, Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi), who finds trying to eat less a foreign concept. For Mike and Molly, thanks to their mutual love of pie and the desire to resist it, finding each other may have been worth the “weight.”

Who is the mother? Well, you will be revisiting that question in a big way, if you tune into the sixth season premiere of How I Met Your Mother on CBS this week, and for a viewer like me, that is one question I do care about getting an answer for. The fifth season of the comedy was easily its worst and it lost its vision but after seeing the premiere, I can say with certainly, this year is a big step up. Rachel Bilson returns as the Mother’s roommate, and offers more hints to the identity, as well as a wedding that certainly has a big importance in Ted’s life but to find the details you will just have to tune in on Monday, but CBS is also hopping to get some new eyes to another comedy.

Mike & Molly, is another Chuck Lorre creation, who made The Big Bang Theory and Two and Half Men, which has become the most popular on TV right now, but I doubt this will hit as big. The pilot starring the charming Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, is just 22 minutes of fat-jokes that border on the annoying. The pilot is not without its dose of charm which certainly helped, plus the wonderful Swossie Kurtz, but if I can get more substance out of a simple love story than I don’t know if I will be able to check back in. Mike and Molly airs at 9:30/8:30c tomorrow on CBS, while Mother kicks of the night at 8/7c.


New Season, New DVD: Big Bang’s Hits Big in Year 3

“Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unravelling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!” How I love when I hear that song, the new season of CBS’s hit The Big  Bang Theory does not begin on its new night until next Thursday at 8/7c but the previous third is now out on DVD.

The new box set includes all 23 episodes plus some fun bonus features.

Of course, the gag reel, and a collection of the cast favorites moments, but the fun begins with set tours with cast members Simon and Kunal. Hilarity ensues.

Catch the DVD in stores today!

Thursday’s Upfront Frenzy: The Renewals, Pickups, and Cancellations

Thursday was a pretty quiet day in terms of upfront news as it is fast approaching. That statement worked until tonight when the craziness started!

Matthew Perry in Mr. Sunshine

It all started with the report by that the staple Law & Order was cancelled by NBC because of a dispute with creator Dick Wolf. That was quickly called out too soon as reports of troubles are true, but negotiations are still ongoing but unlikely to change by Monday. NBC reversely picked up the David E. Kelly/Kathy Bates starring vehicle Kindreds for midseason and according to THR, the intelligent Garza legal pilot which is a chance for Jimmy Smits to shine. But the best news from NBC, CHUCK IS RENEWED. Enough said. (The other bubble show Heroes, may get a limited pickup to finish the series.)

ABC took to the waves by announcing six new pickups of series following the announcement of the first drama No Ordinary Family.

First up the new comedies, the fantastically written by star Matthew Perry and pals pilot Mr. Sunshine and starring Allison Janney was one of the three laffers. Mr. Sunshine focuses on a sports center manager (Perry) and his friends, think of it as the male-led Cougar Town). Second is Happy Endings, starring Elisha Cuthbert and Eliza Coupe, and centers around an almost married couple and their eclectic friends. I have read the script by David Caspe flows nicely and is a good adult sitcom. The last official pickup is the only multi-cam by the network, Better Together, which features Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan as sisters who are both in a relationship as well as their parents. Debra Messing’s ABC pilot Wright vs. Wrong is very close to a pickup as well.

The Cast of ABC's Detroit 1-8-7

The new dramas on ABC (more pickups to come tomorrow) include the Michael Imperioli fronted cop drama, Detroit 1-8-7, which had a solid script and a very nice cast including the underrated Aisha Hinds, and The Whole Truth which brings back Joely Richardson to the Jerry Bruckheimer drama, that focus on both sides of the law, with the other side shown by Rob Marrow. Joely is one of my favorite actresses and the script was a refreshing legal concept. The third drama pickup is My Generation (also called Generation Y), written tremendously by Noah Hawley (The Unusuals), focuses on a class of kids that were in a documentary in high school, and now are being looked at once again 10 years later. The class includes actors such as Mechad Brooks, Jamie King, and Kelli Garner.

In terms of current shows at ABC, a personal favorite V has been renewed for a second season, and now multiple sources including EW, are reporting that Better off Ted, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, and FlashForward, are all cancelled.

CBS picked up their first freshman entry today, Mike and Molly. The pilot about a couple that meets at a meeting for “larger” people is from their favorite creator Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and stars the wonderful women Melissa McCarthy and Swoosie Kurtz.

Lastly on the cable side, partner networks TBS and TNT, who are both doing presentations next week, picked up new series. TBS greenlit Glory Daze, which stars a crew of unknowns that play 80’s college students in Wisconsin. Finally in a pilot started at TBS, Franklin and Bash moved to TNT and Lynette Rice at EW is reporting has been okay-ed for series. The pilot about street smart lawyers stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Stay tuned throughout the night, tomorrow, and the weekend for the latest in advance of the Upfronts next week.

Scheduling Reminder: CBS Comedy Future?

If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you are going to want to listen up.

In maybe a sneak peek at what is to come in the fall, CBS has decided to air a new BBT at 9/8c, 30 minutes before regular time, due to Charlie Sheen’s incidences that led to less episodes of Two and a Half Men, and the unforeseen future if America’s number one comedy will live. Big Bang Theory has been climbing in the ratings and is now foreseen as a huge smash hit especially in the college demographic.

Also, you might want to stick around (maybe to avoid ABC’s terrible Romantically Challenged) for a repeat at the normal time. In tonight’s new episode, Leonard and Penny have a falling out leading to the silent treatment which causes Sheldon to take action.

Catching up on TV Part 1

Since I am officially caught up with current television (minus me watching for the first time House and Supernatural), I thought it would be a good time to tell you my thoughts for each show, and I would love to hear what you think! Check back tomorrow for the comments on programs from the second half of the week.

Castle – There is only good news for the comedic procedural that has seemingly integrated itself into the ABC brand like no other. Castle is climbing in the ratings and for once beating CSI: Miami in the demos which isn’t heard of in the 10PM timeslot on Mondays. The other good news is even in repeats the show performers better than any other ABC drama which means that new viewers are coming in through repeats.

Now creatively the show has been strong. Becketts’s backstory with her mother’s death has really been front and center for a couple weeks and it almost puts a “Monk” like layer to the story that gives me more of a personal connection. The case-of-the-week seemingly are just avenues to provide fun dialogue between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic and I love those two together along with Castle’s mom and daughter who put a smile to your face. Well done ABC, and Castle returns with new episodes on Match 8th.

How I Met Your Mother/The Big Bang Theory – Now to a show that has not been on top of their game this year in Mother. The majority of the episodes have felt off and not true to the series with repeating stories for Robin, Lily and Marshall playing way in the background, and no progress with Ted. The 100th episode earlier in 2010 was solid and provide some new information on the title story but in order for me to really care, you must continue it and that has not happened. Very uneven but its 9:30 counterpart on Monday has been anything but.

Big Bang has not provided memorable moments like it should but it has never fallen to the bad column this year. The humor is endless, and each of the characters seem to be showcased in different ways each week. Both comedies return to CBS Mondays on March 1st.

Chuck- Chuck vs. the Mask sure was a controversial one. In the hour, the producers featured both Chuck and Sarah move on to new relationships and I was not okay with it. It was not necessarily the realationship, it was the way it was went about. Kristin Kreuk is a great actress and I was very happy to see her character Hannah take a larger role but for the past two hours she is being used in a role that is starting to hate Chuck and I do not enjoy that. I wanted Hannah to come in to the Buy More as just a fun, quirky girl, that can play with everybody and for her and Chuck to really form a bond. As far as Chuck and Sarah, as long as they are still friends with each other and sociable I could care less if Sarah jumps on board Shaw’s bandwagon.

Chuck is a show that even in the heaviest of stories has come out as a comedic and fun drama but for a couple weeks now that seems to be never present except for the great pairing of Ellie and Morgan and if this season they don’t find out about our hero we will have a problem. The gig is up, and it returns March 1st after the Olympics.

Kell on Earth – For two weeks, Kelly Cutrone has made my Mondays. By far the funniest and bitchiest hour on the first day of the week, Kelly and her staff provide a fast paced and interesting hour with the past week just being interesting to see what goes into a Fashion Week show and how to get fired from one. This next week, Kelly will travel to London for work and I am sure we will go both to her offices in Paris and LA as the show continues till the first season finale on the 29th of March. (more…)

New TV Monday: Castle, Fringe, The Big Bang Theory, and more…

Tonight, marks the real return of TV in 2010 with plenty of shows to watch:

Chuck – 8/7c on NBC As I hope you watched the tremendous return of this spy comedy last night, you will want to turn into this installment in its regular time and day. In the third hour, Awesome and Ellie get entangled in a dictators trip to Los Angeles, while Casey has a not so happy past with him.

Fringe – 9/8c on FOX Not the usually night for Olivia Dunham’s crew of sci-fi investigators but FOX has decided to air a unaired episode from Season 1 called “Unearthed.” To show you that this episode was from season 1, it includes a perfectly fine Charlie back on the team helping Olivia control the mayhem.

The Big Bang Theory – 9:30/8:30c 2009 was the year of the Bang, but I was not as overly enthused about the show as others. It is funny don’t get me wrong but it is not amazing. I still have high hopes that the funny will continue and tonight Koothrappali goes to the college party to meet girls. Danica McKeller of The Wonder Years guest stars.

Castle – 10/9c on ABC Castle snuck up on me, throughout this fall, I found myself wanting it to be Mondays just for this quirky procedural. Castle and Beckett are a fantastic combo and that is not any different when Castle’s ex, played by Alyssa Milano, comes into a case which throws a knot in Castle’s game plan. As always, hilarity ensues but always with a compelling case to counter it. Great TV!

First Look: My Review of How I Met Your Mother’s 100th Episode

It is not too often a show reaches 100 episodes, let alone a hybrid comedy. How I Met Your Mother has done it but does it deserve it..

What CBS Says about Girls vs. Suits:

Ted (Josh Radnor) dines with Cindy (guest star, Rachel Bilson) as he gets one step closer to meeting the future mother of his kids, on the 100th episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, January 11 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

I was a late comer to this CBS comedy, I found the show on one long plane ride, and as I watched the episode on the plane I found myself instantly in love with this group of friends. As I continued to watch on TV, the journey of the mother became something I wanted to learn more about, and if you are like me, and want answers, you get a lot of clues in this special episode.

I won’t say if we met her in the episode but I will say that Rachel Bilson’s guest turn as Cindy has something to do with this elusive woman. The real highlight of the episode however is that Neil Patrick Harris finally gets to use his great voice as Barney to sing and great musical number that incorporates both Tim Gunn and Stacy Kiebler into his passionate love for suits.

How I Met Your Mother has not been on its game this year with great and funny episodes, then to go to a laughless half-hour, this one brings the show back to what we love about it. Five friends, that do crazy things, that all seem to be just another day in one fascinating journey, all with laughs abound.

The 100th episode airs tonight on CBS at 8/7c.