Posts Tagged ‘sitcom’
 

 

THE SKED: Evil Abed Wins After All

  The word, the buzz, the gossip were all true:  COMMUNITY was renewed for a 4th season, but Dan Harmon has been kicked off the show as its Executive Producer/Showrunner.  (He’ll still be credited as some variation...
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 SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “30 Rock”

    The dirty little secret at the heart of 30 ROCK has always been that it doesn’t really have one–a heart, that is.  That doesn’t make the show any less brilliantly written or superbly performed, ...
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 SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Suburgatory”

  It would have been nice if ABC Marketing hadn’t so broadly teased the surprise ending of tonight’s Suburgatory season finale in their promos that they more or less gave it away.  (This is why powerful produc...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED MIDSEASON TRAILER REVIEW: FOX’s The Goodwin Games

    THE GOODWIN GAMES:  Tuesday 9:30PM on FOX   WHAT IT’S SAYING:  From the guys who gave you How I Met Your Mother, another unexpected spin on sitcom convention:  this time, the Sibling Rivalry comedy. ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “How I Met Your Mother”

  In HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas created an odd but appealing mix of traditional sitcom humor and conceptual originality (their upcoming FOX show The Goodwin Games looks like another unusual angle o...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: A “Happy Ending”

  Here’s some news to wash the stink of that WHITNEY renewal out of your mouths:  ABC has renewed its splendid bubble comedy HAPPY ENDINGS for a 3rd season.  The show, which hasn’t always been well-treated by...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED: NBC Still At it

    More, more, more news from The Peacock: Try to hold on to your lunch:  WHITNEY is back, lack of quality (and even lack of ratings) apparently not meaning too much at the network these days.  (At least it seems t...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED: “Cougar Town” Lives!

  So much for those “safe” 2d position pilot deals for the cast:  while ABC is, indeed, canceling COUGAR TOWN, the show isn’t going to that badly-titled place in the sky.  Instead, TBS has ordered a 4th...
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: More NBC Newness

  NBC’s pre-Upfront pick-up spree continues with GUYS WITH KIDS, its first multicamera comedy order of the season.  The title seems to be self-explanatory:  the show’s logline describes it as being about thir...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “New Girl”

      It’s not all that unusual for a TV comedy to improve during the course of its first season, as it discovers its distinctive comic voice (that was the case with Happy Endings, and The Office as well)....
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Last Man Standing”

    LAST MAN STANDING was a terrible show when the season began, and it hasn’t gotten any better.  The series was anticipated to be a blockbuster hit, and ABC gave it the unusual task for a new series of openin...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “2 Broke Girls”

      With the spring decline of New Girl‘s ratings, 2 BROKE GIRLS became the only remaining breakout comedy hit of the 2011/12 broadcast season.  The truth is, it’s still not all that good.  Tonigh...
by Mitch Salem