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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:
Sad to say ABC has pulled #Apt23 and will not be airing the 8 remaining episodes any time soon. Translation: we’ve basically been cancelled.
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) January 22, 2013
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.
So, this fall ABC is exploring country music in two ways:
- a sitcom starring Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, Malibu Country Trailer
- a drama starring Connie Britton, Nashville
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.)
Thanks to a tip from Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson, I found out that Hulu is tracking season premieres from the various networks, offering some episodes online and best of all, some sneak peaks. Here’s a sneak peak from ABC’s great sitcom, Modern Family.
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.
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.”
The ABC sitcom Better Off Ted returns to the airwaves with new episodes this Tuesday, December 8. While I think this show would be better off Wed (as in, better off being shown on Wednesday night’s as lead in to The Middle), I’m just darn happy to have the show return. Here’s a sneak peek.