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Aw man: ABC, Fox Cancels Two of My Favorite Tuesday Shows

So it’s been a tough week for Tuesday sitcoms I like.

First up, James Van Der Beek made this announcement regarding ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in APT23:


Then I learned today that Fox had pulled the plug on the quirky as heck Ben & Kate.

In the case of ABC, there has been a great deal of buzz that the show would be considered far more successful if On Demand and streaming (aka metrics other than traditional TV ratings) were considered.

Here’s hoping this is the last season that shows are cancelled without all forms of ratings are properly considered.

And I also hope Van Der Beek is interested in doing more sitcom work in the future.

ABC Mines Country Music in New Fall Season

So, this fall ABC is exploring country music in two ways:

Judging by these previews, I have little hope for the sitcom (Tomlin nursing a southern accent annoyed me within 30 seconds). But I am much more hopeful for the drama. Check out the previews yourself and make your own assessment.

Missed It: Happy Endings Penny & Penny’s Mom Singing Duet

I watch the ABC sitcom Happy Endings while writing typically (sitcoms do not command the full O’Shea attention), but I cannot fathom how I missed this–from a few weeks back. A singing duet featuring Casey Wilson as Penny and Megan Mullally as Penny’s mother. I do remember thinking, man I hope Mullally appears again (much as she does periodically on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as one of Ron Swanson’s ex-wives). Watching it a second time, I realized that I ignored the scene because I hate this song. Glad I watched it again, despite the song.

A hat tip for Yahoo’s The Set, for making me aware of this bit, that at first I could not remember watching. Now if I could only find the scene where Penny fell forward with a podium (on Happy Endings season finale), while saying: “I’m going down!”

Fall Preview: ABC’s Once Upon a Time

As a kid growing up, I remember watching  The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. So I think it appropriate that ABC (the Disney subsidiary broadcast network) would greenlight a show for the new fall season like Once Upon A Time. Here’s a snippet of how the network describes the show:

“Anna Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself.  She’s a 28-year old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby.  But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything will change.  Henry (Jared Gilmore) is 10 years old now and in desperate need of Anna’s help.  Henry believes that Anna actually comes from an alternate world… and is Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) missing daughter.”

Watching the following clip, I was enthused by a few aspects. That the premise is set mainly in the modern day–and that the show features Morrison (most recently of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother) and Goodwin (formerly of HBO’s Big Love). One more draw, the involvement of veteran actor, Robert Carlyle, who I have respected for years–ever since seeing him in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film, Trainspotting.

I look forward to see more previews of this show (if nothing else, to get a better understanding of the parallel storylines)–and am enthused to see that ABC is already marketing the new series via Facebook and Twitter.

Worth Watching: Tom Hanks on Jimmy Kimmel

I rarely praise Jimmy Kimmel on this blog. Partially it’s due to a bias I formed against Kimmel from his days on Comedy Central’s The Man Show. But I really started warming up to Kimmel when he supremely zinged Jay Leno in last year’s NBC Late Night Schedule Waffling. So after mocking the Oscars last night, I stuck around to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Oscar late night show edition. And boy am I glad I did. Kimmel scored everyone’s dream late night guest, Tom Hanks. As usual, Hanks delivered. Be sure to stick around to the end for a surprise cameo.

I really hope “Don’t be a hooch!” becomes a popular phrase.

Hulu: Inside Media at The Paley Center/Castle

Hulu has many gems (still for free in many cases) and in anticipation of the premiere of ABC’s Castle next week, I found this Castle discussion snippet from Inside Media at The Paley Center.

I love the “Inside Baseball” moments to this show, where they nod to that implied fourth wall, without talking to it. (Last year, when Susan Sullivan’s character watched an episode of herself starring in an episode of the 1970s Incredible Hulk show is a prime example.)

Bummer: ABC Cancels Better Off Ted

While it was widely expected and a surprise to no one, I was bummed to learn that Better Off Ted was canceled by ABC (as noted by Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello). The show was well-acted, superbly scripted and scheduled horribly by ABC. How could the network that kept According to Jim alive for so long give up on this show so quickly (OK two seasons is not quickly, but it was too damn quick for me).

To observe the loss of a great show, I share with you a snippet from the Racial Sensitivity episode where Veridian installed a light sensor that did not recognize African-American employees. In this scene the employees try to confront Veronica, their boss. Enjoy.

You’ll be missed Better Off Ted.

Ty Burrell on Modern Family’s Phil: “He’s More Boy Than Man”

Akin to DVD extras, I love that hulu posts promotional behind-the-scenes snippets of ABC’s new sitcom, Modern Family.

In this snippet, actor Ty Burrell explains the charm and absurdity that is his character, Phil. I think it is best summed up with his line: “He’s more boy than man.”

Additional thanks to ABC for running random quotes from the various show’s characters here. Including this gem from Phil: “‘Mother’ is part of the word. You never hear of anyone being sfathered to death.”