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Fall TV 2010: ABC Comedy Wednesday is Back!

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…

What ABC Says about their new comedy, Better with You:

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!

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DVD Craziness: What to Pickup This Week?

With premiere week here, a bunch of studios are going crazy releasing a bunch of releases on DVD this week or in the past couple of days, check out some highlights below.

Fringe: The Complete Second Season – Some Sci-fi plays it safe, some goes all the way, and in FOX’s Fringe, the second season meant taking the viewer’s expectations of their world, and throwing that across universes. The new season picks up well, and in order to get caught up this DVD set is worth the price, with bunch of commentaries and even a misplaced episode! (Out Now!)

Human Target: The Complete First Season  For most people, I bet, this would be the first time you are hearing about Human Target, a low-key, semi-hit, for FOX over the past year, provide a fun action-season with growing mythology about Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), the first season DVD has all of the 13 produced episodes, out Tuesday.

Castle: The Complete Second Season If one returning show is going to keep growing, it is ABC’s Castle. Now entering its third season, it continually grows in viewers and in quality, season two provided a nice procedural escape which is shown on a DVD with set tours and more. (Out Tuesday)

Modern Family: The Complete First Season This is a MUST-HAVE. The best new show of the last year, has a fun DVD release with making-of specials on the finale and the powerful Hawaii episode, plus fun specials with the cast, and a HI-larious gag reel. Each of the 22 episodes is so great, you must check this out on Tuesday!

Glee: The Complete First Season Are you a Gleek? I was once, and after the long hiatus, it just has worn of me. All the season 1 episodes are included on the set and I really have no need to go back and if you purchased the first half on DVD, most of the bonus features are the same including casting specials and more. (Out Tuesday)

Catching Up on TV Part 2

Wednesday and Thursdays are packed full of fun television including some buzzworthy dramas and comedies, here are my thoughts as some wind down, and some are gearing up, plus my take on a Sunday fave.

The Middle/Modern Family/Cougar Town – I’m laughing. All the time, and that is all that matters with these three renewed for year two, superb comedies. With The Middle, their key to success has been in the Heck kids who especially in the biggest episodes to date. Brick (Atticus Shaffer) in particular with his delivery just makes it so so funny, and then Axl and Sue who are so unique in his approach on girls and her trying to fit in.

Modern Family just rocks and after “My Funky Valentine” officially became my favorite comedy on TV. In a combination of hilarity, sweetness, and uniqueness it just works. The one thing that in every episode which each story is synchronised to the others in that episode from latin housekeepers and dog butlers that are somehow intertwined by mannerisms and dialogue. That is a testament to the cast and that writing that is so so Emmy worthy. (Sorry Glee.)

Cougar Town is one brilliant town and it is not for Jules (Courtney Cox) only but for the supporting players that make each half-hour from Ellie’s views on life to Bobby, Andy, and Grayson’s night out, and Travis maturity with his mother (Did you know he is really 25?). The show has twindld in the ratings but I hope an upcoming recurring role from Sheryl Crow can change that, plus where is Barb, and Rachael Harris? I miss them. All three comedies return on March 3rd to ABC.

Leverage – Leverage to me is one of the funniest shows on TV in a long while. The past few weeks with Nate’s ex-wife (played by the absolutely wonderful Kari Machett) coming back into the picture when she did not want him was fun, and the finale has started and I can say it finishes on a huge win. The last hour airing this Wednesday marks the return of some old favorites in a surprising turn, Jeri Ryan exits for now, and a cliff hanger till the summer that you will really want to know about. The best thing about the second half of the season was to see a pregnant Gina Bellman as Sophie in ever-changing outfits and locations from Africa to the super cliché in Eiffel Tower in the background Paris. Just fun.

Human Target – 12 million to 8 million is not the best thing to hear, however, it is very early for the action drama on FOX. I have not been enthralled by the series but last week’s episode “Run” which was originally the second episode showcased big action and story and that is what I like and want to see. The story they have introduced about Chance’s first case with a mysterious woman named Katherine is intriguing as well as Guerrero’s “side-projects” but if they are not in the mix each week I feel it will be lost in the action.

Lots to come as this drama is just finding its footing and the survival will all depend on FOX’s development slate and other performers like the dying Past Life and new entry Code 58 in the spring.

Burn Notice – Is it just me, or has this second half of the season been way uneven? This past Thursday’s episode has been the only one that I truly enjoyed. I feel like the action mixed with the character reactions have not been gelling together. The season is ending on March 4th and it will mark the return of some old pals that will change the game, and I can only hope it changes for the better.

Survivor – AMAZING TELEVISION. The two-hour première of Heroes vs. Villains was some of the best TV I have seen all year. Conflict, romance, injuries, tribals, survival, that were all so captivating to watch. Jerri and Coach’s romance was repulsing but so fascinating. I love the idea of reliving some of our favorite challenges from earlier years and I have some ones in my mind that I hope that do like the giant ball challenge from Guatemala and more. Just superb reality competition. More after the jump…. (more…)

First Look: My Review of Tonight’s “Modern Family”

LOL. Those three letters are just the simplicity and easiest way to describe Modern Family and a comedy vet is joining the crew tonight…

117761_5370_preWhat ABC says about “The Incident”:

Emmy Award Winning Actress Shelley Long (“Cheers,” “The Money Pit”) Guest Stars as Dede Pritchett

“The Incident” – Claire and Mitchell’s mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed “the incident” at Jay and Gloria’s wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire’s house, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

117737_0150_preThis is my favorite new show this year to premiere (I have to wait for V does after its fantastic pilot). It is the funnies thing I have seen in years, and by the far the best comedy to come on television in the last 5 years. ABC must be loving it too but giving it a full 22 episode season and by getting some big names, one of which shows up tonight. Cheers vet Shelley Long guest stars and will likely recur as Dede, Jay’s ex-wife, and Claire and Mitchell’s mother.

The episode is brilliant for the beggining cold open to the end which left me literally trying to breath for air after laughing so hard. Dede comes home because she is trying to reconclie for “the incident” which caused a rift in the family and cost her her relashonship with Jay’s new wife Gloria. Mitchell is the mom’s boy and tries to help her out in any way I can which leads to the funniest scene in the series so far. Be sure to check out a special feauture on ABC.com after the episode and you will see exactly what it is after the episode.

Modern Family airs tonight at 9.8c on ABC and be sure to go to TVOvermind.com that evening for my recap of the episode.

Big News Day and What Did You Think?

117687_208_preWow. When I came home today, I flicked on the news reel and nothing major in TV had happened, 20 minutes later. Things had erupted. First of all, the fantastic news that ABC has picked up Modern Family, Cougar Town, and The Middle for full seasons with an addition of 9 +13 all ready ordered episodes. All three laughers have made me well laugh especially Modern Family, and are performing strong for the net.

Then things went downhill from there. 10 minutes later THR.com reported that NBC has cancelled there powerful, gritty, and real crime drama Southland 2 weeks before it was due to premiere. An odd change in events for the dying network that was said not to be happy with what was happy and that is was not going to perform.

Southland was great last spring and I am sad to see it go. Back to the good news, all signs are pointing to ABC’s addictive new drama FlashForward will be picked up for a full 24 episodes need to tell its season 1 tale. ABC wants to see how it did tonight. Also, if you were wondering when a certain Lost individual was going to show up for his permanent stay, I would recommend staying for next week.

For tonight’s TV, what did you think? Is FlashForward grabbing you? Did you find Jim and Pam’s wedding on The Office as touching and iconic as I did? What other shows are you watching on this crowded Thursday?