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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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New DVD’s for Fall: Families and Vamps

I know in the past week or two I have really made some progress getting stuff done and that has included doing some catch-ups for the fall season.

Tuesday, The Middle and The Vampire Diaries release their complete first seasons, and they both have one thing in common for me, they were both shows I had no interest going in to last year and by May, loved them.

The Middle is a more traditional family comedy than its hyped network companion Modern Family, but that tradition presents the love and quality you loved in the 1990s. Patricia Heaton and her whole family gel and move with problems beautifully and you would be very wise to add this DVD with features that focus on the lovely Sue and the troubled journey it took to get this to series.

The Vampire Diaries took a more tricky journal in my fall season last year. I watched the pilot the previous summer and despised every minute of it and even though I should I have listen to my better judgement gave it three more episodes to get better, than three more, then by December, I found myself remembering and liking what was happening. The series grew of a big cliché into something, compelling, fascinating, with strong personalities and good-looking ones at that. All 22 episodes are in the set along with lengthy features on many aspects of production, gag reels, webisodes, commentary, plus as a bonus an audiobook of one of the novels it is based by L.J Smith.

Another Tuesday, another reason to catch-up on fall TV!

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?