New on Wednesdays this Fall (sitcoms)
Posted by Mr. Feeny on August 25, 2009
Wednesday’s packed with new goodies, so I decided to split it into two separate previews. Today is just the comedies, which are all actually on ABC. Their premieres are staggered, but by the end of September, the Alphabet will have a brand new primetime Wednesday.
The first hour displays an interesting television flowchart. Two great comedic actors star in huge hits shows, one on CBS and one on NBC. They combine forces on a failed show on FOX. And now they both have gone their separate ways again, only to land on the same 4th network, ABC. I wonder if this will teach Kelsey that he can only play Frasier, and teach Patricia she’s only Ray’s wife. That said, I love them both…especially since they’re two of the few conservative actors in Hollywood. But no need to go down that road.
As a side observation…isn’t it interesting how none of the networks try to compete on comedies? NBC’s got Thursday, CBS has Monday, FOX takes Sunday (and an hour Friday) and now ABC comes in on Wednesday. Maybe those NBC execs have something with this comedic option (Leno) every day at 9. Although there is one hour of competition, now. CBS and ABC will go head-to-head Wednesdays 7-8 with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jay Mohr challenging Kelsey Grammar and Patricia Heaton. A battle of heavyweights…all with lackluster shows.
And as a note…when I say “Family sitcom”, I don’t mean it’s appropriate for the whole family. Just that that’s what it’s about. I don’t want a gang of angry moms crashing the blog.
Cougar TownBasics: Relationship Sitcom Twist: Single mom on the dating scene Stars You Know: Courtney Cox (Friends, Dirt), Busy Philipps (Dawson’s Creek), Christa Miller (Scrubs, The Drew Carey Show), Dan Byrd (Aliens in America), Ian Gomez (The Drew Carey Show, Felicity), Josh Hopkins (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters) Creative Team: Creator/Director Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) Timeslot: 8:30 (Wed) Network: ABC Going Against: Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, Glee, The Beautiful Life Premiere: September 23
HankBasics: Family Sitcom Twist: Frasier becomes poor and moves his family to Virginia Stars You Know: Kelsey Grammar (Frasier), David Koechner (lots of comedic movies), Melinda McGraw (Mad Men) Creative Team: Creator Tucker Cawley (Everybody Loves Raymond), Director James Burrows (Cheers, Taxi) Timeslot: 7:00 (Wed) Network: ABC Going Against: The New Adventures of Old Christine, Mercy, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Next Top Model Premiere: September 30
The MiddleBasics: Family Sitcom Twist: No real twist. It’s about a family in Middle America.
Stars You Know: Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), Neil Flynn (Scrubs), Eden Sher (Weeds) Creative Team: Creators DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler (Murphy Brown), Timeslot: 7:30 (Wed) Network: ABC Going Against: Gary Unmarried, Mercy, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Next Top Model Premiere: September 30