Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New TV Season

It's Wed.. night and I'd been looking forward to 2 new sit-coms that I'd read about
and seen previews on. One is everything it's tauted to be and more..the other leaves
a lot to be desired.
"Modern Family" is the single funniest show I've ever seen! Honestly. A few regular
big laughs (I require at least 3 a half hour to score it A)and one hysterical fall out of bed gag that is brilliant and A-plus.

The show is about an extended family, one gay couple, one older man with a younger
wife and one typical over extended yuppie parented, kid over programmed group.
Great writing, terrific performances among them Ed ONeill from Married with Children,
and a few hitherto unknown guys playing the gay couple who are really terrific.
One of the creators is Chris Lloyd from a lot of great other shows and Steve Levitan
who has good credits also. They really deliver. Watch it. You'll thank me.

The other show...created by Bill Lawrence who did Scrubs, one of my favorites,
doesn't score with 'Cougar Town.'

Being a 'cougar,' a woman who dates younger men, is something I am not uh...unfamiliar with. The show could have been good if it had been less "on the nose." That is, every sort of stereotypical negative concept of such a woman is hit over the head in the character of Courtney Cox. It is kind of embarrassing. She is so overloaded with shtick and bad habits that I really feel for her.

The other characters are a little bit better conceived, but the sex jokes are too much and too horny. Does the word 'desperate' sound familiar? I might give it one more time just because it is a show that I should have written and would have liked to sellif I were still in the biz...and I'm a glutton for punishment.

I watched five minutes of 'Eastwick' from the movie Witches Of...and so far...ick!
It has a Desperate Housewives voice-over and reaches for humor...and doesnt get it.
If it gets better I'll let you know next time. But hearing words "yeast infection" lets me know that I shouldn't hold out a lot of hope. Yuck AND ick!

"Dancing with the Stars" is a huge yawn this season and as for Tom Delay otherwise
known as The Hammer or the Exterminator in Congress...where's a good rodent killer
when you need him? The answer...dancing!


Anonymous said...

i couldn't help noticing "scrubs" was one of your favorites. why??? that show is so self-important it makes me cringe. i'd rather watch reruns of the flying nun or hazel!

susan said... made me laugh! I only require that a comedy be funny and if I get more than 3 or 4 laughs a half hour it's a miracle. also the performances were great and i thought the chances they took with fantasy and form were amazing.

Anne D. said...

This post made me realize that I don't watch comedy on TV anymore*, unless you count Leno's opening monologue, which I occasionally catch. I wonder why that is? Back in the day, I loved M*A*S*H and "All in the Family" and a few others, so fiercely that I never missed them. And also the original SNL troupe - brilliant and subversive at the time.

*Oh god! Duh. This is a silly comment because we just subscribed to HBO (which we got free last fall) in order to watch the return of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"! Yes, that is comedy. Larry David and his crew are weirdly addicting.

Anonymous said...

i'd much rather watch srubs than the flying nun. come on! awful. and sally star and lost in space and ozzie & harriet and on and on. petticoat junction was in "hooterville" for heavens sake!


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