Posts Tagged ‘sitcom’
 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: ‘Parks & Recreation”

  Like the famous tortoise, PARKS & RECREATION has hung in there long enough to become the highest-rated (all-but-certainly) returning sitcom on NBC’s air.  That is, admittedly, a low bar, but it’s still a...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “2 Broke Girls”

> A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and production of episodes for the regular season:  a writing/producing team is hired, audience focus groups weigh in, networks and studios (which may hav...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Smothered”

>   See A Word About Busted Pilots SMOTHERED, which was produced for ABC by Warner Bros Television, falls into the category of “not as bad as you’d think.”  The concept is Predictable Sitcom 101:&nbs...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Community”

  NBC’s marathon 90-minute festival of new COMMUNITY episodes tonight (interrupted by the 30 Rock season finale at 8:30) was less an expression of love from the network than a who-cares approach to the night, schedul...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED’S BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Other People’s Kids”

>   See A Word About Busted Pilots For the most part, actors only get one shot in a given pilot season.  Since the lion’s share of network pilots are produced during the same narrow Spring window–allowing ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: NBC’s New Cry – “Save Me”

    NBC has issued its 2d early order of the 2012/13 broadcast season, the single-camera sitcom Save Me, starring Anne Heche, Alexandra Breckinridge, Michael Landes and Heather Burns.  The show will join another earl...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Happy Endings”

> It’s not all that unusual for a situation comedy to change directions in the midst of its initial season and emerge a different, and better, show:  The Office and Parks & Recreation both took that journey (the ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: FOX’s Turn

    NBC and FOX kick off next week’s parade of network Upfronts on Monday, and now FOX has joined NBC in releasing the titles of at least some of its 2012/13 season pick-ups.  Unlike NBC, which has dribbled out...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “The Goodwin Games”

  THE GOODWIN GAMES:  Monday 8:30PM on FOX Previously… on THE GOODWIN GAMES:  After the death of their father Benjamin (Beau Bridges), his estranged children–type-A surgeon Henry (Scott Foley), underperformer...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED’S SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “30 Rock”

  30 ROCK:  Thursday 8PM on NBC WHERE WE WERE:  Jack (Alec Baldwin) was divorcing his now-freed North Korean prisoner wife Avery (Elizabeth Banks).  Jenna (Jane Krakowski) was engaged to her Jenna-impersonator boyfriend...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED FALL TRAILER REVIEW: NBC’s “The New Normal”

    THE NEW NORMAL:  Tuesdays 9:30PM on NBC   WHAT IT’S SAYING:  A new kind of family sitcom:  gay couple, surrogate mother, her daughter–and her bitchy, bigoted (but, you know, funny) grandmother....
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SERIES FINALE REVIEW: “Save Me”

  SAVE ME had a late start, but it managed to be the worst network show to premiere during the 2012-13 season.  Unspeakably self-righteous, smug and narcissistic–and also not remotely funny–it was a series abo...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Are You There, Chelsea?”

> The sex jokes may have diminished over at Whitney, but they’re in full force on ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?.  In the first few minutes of tonight’s season finale, Chelsea (Laura Prepon) told her friends about a t...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “Work It”

> (RATINGS NOTE:  THE TIME-SLOT FOR ABC’S 2D EPISODE OF WORK IT BEGAN WITH A 3-MINUTE LAST MAN STANDING OVERRUN ON THE EAST COAST, WHICH MAY MAKE OVERNIGHT RATINGS LESS ACCURATE THAN USUAL.) A lot can happen between ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED MIDSEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Community”

> COMMUNITY returns to the NBC schedule at 8PM on Thursday, March 15. WHERE WE WERE:  Greendale Community College, of course!  Where the school mascot is a Human Being and the Dean (Jim Rash) is to be seen in outfits ...
by Mitch Salem