TV Review: WE ARE MEN – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith in WE ARE MEN - Season 1 | ©2013 CBS

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, Chris Smith, Rebecca Breeds Writer: Rob Greenberg Director: Rob Greenberg Network: CBS, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 30, 2013 In what should have been the worst TV comedy of the fall season, turns out to be one of the best. WE ARE MEN, for all its awkward attempts at sexist humor, provides the backdrop for what is  the freshest new comedy on any of the networks. It also is a stand-out among the CBS comedies, because unlike the disjointed THE CRAZY ONES, it feels like a mini-movie. Give credit to creator Rob […]Read On »

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TV Review: MOM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Anna Farris and Allison Janney in MOM | ©2013 CBS

Stars: Anna Farris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones, Sadie Calvano, Spencer Daniels, French Stewart Writers: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker Director: Pamela Fryman Network: CBS, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2013 Painfully unfunny and at times uncomfortable to watch, MOM is one of the most depressing half hour comedies debuting this fall. It comes with a rich pedigree – co-creator Chuck Lorre is the mastermind behind TWO AND A HALF MEN and current mega-hit THE BIG BANG THEORY, great comedienne Anna Farris toplines her first regular TV gig and Allison Janney is excellent as her comedic […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Bryanzilla”

Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Bryanzilla" | ©2012 NBC/Trae Patton

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Mark Kunerth   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2012 Ryan Murphy is once again at the helm of this new episode of THE NEW NORMAL, and with “Bryanzilla” we have a return to the rigid stereotypes and beating over the head of messages that the series started out as. The idea for the episode is cute but absurd with Shania (Bebe Wood) getting pretend engaged and wanting to have a pretend wedding. Enter Bryan (Andrew Rannells) with clearly plenty of […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Obama Mama”

Georgia King and Bebe Wood in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Obama Mama" | ©2012 NBC/Justin Lubin

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Allison Adler  Director: Scott Ellis      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2012 It’s interesting to me that the first episode of THE NEW NORMAL, “Obama Mama”, that Ryan Murphy didn’t write and direct is the first episode to really move away from the God awful stereotypes that have been plaguing this show since the pilot. I like the show, but it’s been a big bone of contention for me that every single episode is chock full of cliché stereotypes all across the board, […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEIGHBORS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Ian Patrick, Tim Jo, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Isabella Cramp, Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Clara Mamet, Max Charles in THE NEIGHBORS - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Clara Mamet, Tim Jo, Ian Patrick, Max Charles, Isabella Cramp Writer: Dan Fogelman Director: Chris Koch Network: ABC, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: September 26, 2012 You can’t fault ABC for at least trying something new. Last year, they trotted out their cross-dressing comedy WORK IT (epic fail) and this year they’ve got THE NEIGHBORS, a terribly dated suburban alien comedy that falls completely flat. Ten years ago, a bunch of aliens from the planet Zabvron arrived in a gated New Jersey neighborhood to see if Earth could be inhabitable by […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Sofa’s Choice”

Georgia King, NeNe Leakes, Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler  Director: Ryan Murphy      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 11, 2012 I do like THE NEW NORMAL in spite of myself. I can’t help it. The one-liners are fast and funny, and even though this series does nothing but perpetuate stereotypes to middle America, I still find a lot of it funny — and I hate sitcoms. In my last review I bitched long and loud about the various forms of stereotypes that this show reinforces, and with the […]Read On »

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TV Review: GUYS WITH KIDS – Season 1 premiere – “Pilot”

Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger in GUYS WITH KIDS | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger, Jamie Lynn-Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe, Erinn Hayes Teleplay: Charlie Grandy based on story by Charlie Grandy, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Ozols Director: Scott Ellis Network: NBC, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: September 12, 2012 My expectations for the new NBC sitcom GUYS WITH KIDS were surprisingly not high. With three dads wearing babies as a fashion accessory, it just appeared like it would be a one-joke show that would be unbearable and quickly fade away. However, there’s a great comedic  pedigree behind the show. The series was created by Jimmy Fallon, Charlie Grandy and Amy […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 Premiere – “Pilot”

Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 THE NEW NORMAL was creating controversy just that started just by NBC announcing it as part of the fall line up. The creepy, crazy religious right group One Million Moms (you know the ones that protested JC Penny for having Ellen Degeneres in their ads) was vowing to boycott the network for having a series showing this type of “gay agenda” program on its network. So, […]Read On »

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TCA News: CBS on TWO AND A HALF MEN move to Thursday nights after THE BIG BANG THEORY

Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer in TWO AND A HALF MEN | ©2011 CBS/Warner Bros./Matt Hoyle

After being one of the anchors on Monday nights for nine seasons, the CBS sitcom TWO AND A HALF MEN is moving to Thursdays at 8:30 after THE BIG BANG THEORY this fall. The series, which stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones alongside Ashton Kutcher (who joined the show last season after Charlie Sheen’s departure) is still considered a very important asset to the network and at today’s Summer 2012 CBS Press Tour, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the time slot change. “We had a very strong comedy development and we had some difficult choices to make,” […]Read On »

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TCA News: Chelsea Handler glad she’s not playing herself on new NBC comedy ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?

Jake McDorman, Lauren Lapkus, Mark Povinelli, Laura Prepon, Ali Wong, Lenny Clarke in ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? | ©2011 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Talk show host Chelsea Handler adds the sitcom to her resume with the new NBC comedy ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? which is based on her book and life exploits and her love of Vodka. The series airs Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm beginning January 11 following WHITNEY. Laura Prepon plays a younger Chelsea, while Handler plays her own sister on the show. While speaking during NBC’s TCA press tour, Handler explained she didn’t want to play herself. “It’s a dream come true to have someone else portray me and a pleasure to play my sister,” says Handler. “Now I can […]Read On »

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