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RENEWED/CANCELED SHOWS: ABC

Some goods news and some sad news depending on how you look at it.

Let’s start with the good news. Happy Endings has been renewed by ABC. This is a happy surprise. I really like the show but it’s been so-so in the ratings so I wasn’t sure it was going to make it. I’m so glad it has!!!

On the flip side, both V and Brothers and Sisters have been canceled. V is no surprise. B&S was rumored to go the Chuck route and come back for an abbreviated 6th and final season. I guess the network decided to go with a new show rather than 13 episodes of a dead show. That or the behind the scenes negotiations didn’t go very well. Either way, the ABC schedule will no longer include the Walker family

I remember when B&S was the best show on TV. But season 3 was terrible with the introduction of Ryan ( that failed miserably), season 4 had a slight come back but then went and killed Robert and destroyed a great character in Holly. Season 5 has been atrocious. It’s time to say good-bye to the Walkers. I’ve had my fill. I’d rather spend time with the Bravermans at this point. It breaks my heart to say it but it’s true.

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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in ABC, Breaking News

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Happy Endings S1 E1-3

Again, this will be quick so I can catch up.

Another couple show has premiered staring Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Casey Wilson, Damon Waynes Jr, Zachary Knighton, and Adam Pally.   I wasn’t sure if I was even going to give this a chance but since it has a bunch of Scrubs connections, I decided to watch it.

I’m glad I did because it was pretty entertaining.  I think these shows are always a little rough in the beginning because they are spending a lot of time setting up the characters and having you get to know them, that it usually takes several episodes before you can really get into the funny storytelling.  It wasn’t Scrubs funny but it wasn’t Running Wilde awful either.  I laughed a few times and found the cast to be solid and their chemistry to be decent for it being early in the show.  Although someone really needs to tell Casey Wilson to stop saying the word ‘amazing’ in the bizarre way she keeps saying it.  It looks like she’s trying too hard for a shtick and she’s too funny to try that hard.  I think there a few times she needed to tone it down but hopefully that will come with time.  And my favorites right now are Jane (Eliza Coupe), Brad (Damon Waynes Jr) and Max (Adam Pally.)   Hilarious.

The problem is, I don’t think this show is going to have the chance to see if it can work because the ratings aren’t great.  I have said this before and I will say it again, doing a “mid-season premiere” at the end of April is too late.  Either premiere it in Jan-Feb or wait until summer or next fall.  Waiting this late in the network season (where some shows are having season finales either already or coming up soon) is a detriment to the show.   You are setting it up for failure.  People already have their viewing schedules set at this point.  So I think it’s a real challenge for shows like that to get up and running.  It helps that Cougar Town is back (thank God) to give it a better lead in but I don’t know if that will be enough.  It’s brutal for me because I am already behind on all my shows (poor Chuck has been siting on my DVR for months now) and the networks keep premiering new ones.  Knock it off people!!!

I suggest checking the show out and enjoy it during its run because I fear it won’t be around long.

 
 

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ABC Mid-Season Schedule

ABC is the last of the major networks to announce their mid-season schedule.  Looks like 3 shows are entering the mix: 1 in January and 1 in February and 1 in April.  Check out the trailers below:

Off the Map (Premieres Wednesday January 12th at 10pm)

Mr Sunshine (Premieres Wednesday February 9th at 9:30pm)

Happy Endings (Premieres Wednesday April 13th at 10:00pm)

Of all these shows, I am most excited for Mr Sunshine.  Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, Andrea Anders, James Lesure…how can you not be excited with that cast?  The other 2 I will give a chance to but I don’t have high hopes for them.

From ABC.com, here is a brief summary on each show:

Mr. Sunshine

Matthew Perry stars as Ben Donovan, the self-involved manager of a second-rate San Diego sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday. Working alongside him is his boss and arena owner, Crystal—attractive, powerful and highly erratic; Alice—the cute, tomboyish marketing director and Ben’s friend with benefits; Alonzo—a former basketball player, handsome and unbelievably happy; Ben’s assistant, Heather—pretty, sweet, but terrifying because she once lit a boyfriend on fire; Crystal’s son, Roman—sweet-faced, clueless and Ben’s newest employee; and a hapless operations crew whom Ben refers to collectively as the “Steves.”

Mr. Sunshine stars Matthew Perry (Friends) as Ben, Allison Janney (The West Wing) as Crystal, Andrea Anders as Alice, James Lesure as Alonzo, Nate Torrence as Roman and Portia Doubleday as Heather.

Off the Map

Welcome to “la ciudad de las estrellas” (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. That’s where idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner just landed, along with fellow doctors Mina Minard and Tommy Fuller. All of these young doctors are running away from personal demons, but they aren’t the only ones with emotional baggage. Take the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, who was the youngest Chief of Surgery at UCLA. He walked away from it all to found the clinic. Together with his right-hand doctor, Otis Cole, the mysterious Dr. Ryan Clark and local doctor Zita Alvarez, he’ll teach the newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they’ve ever worked in—while taking them on adventures of a lifetime.  In this ensemble drama, six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.

Off the Map stars Jonathan Castellanos as Charlie, Valerie Cruz as Zitajalehrena Alvarez (Zee), Caroline Dhavernas as Lily Brenner, Jason George as Otis Cole, Zach Gilford as Tommy Fuller, Mamie Gummer as Mina Minard, Martin Henderson as Ben Keeton and Rachelle Lefevre as Ryan Clark.

Happy Endings

Forget who gets to keep the ring—when a couple splits, the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? In this modern comedy, a couple’s break-up will complicate all of their friends’ lives and make everyone question their choices. When life throws you for a curve, hold on tight to the people you love. Every circle of friends has someone who’s the gravitational center. For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they’ve split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane and Penny have to choose sides? Suddenly every event is a negotiation… like, who gets to go on the annual ski trip? There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but this group has been together so long, somehow, little by little, they’ll figure out how to hold on, even though their center is split up. It helps that Dave and Alex have agreed to stay friends. But there will definitely be other complications down the road. This show isn’t afraid to ask the embarrassing personal questions that inevitably arise in every long-term, close-knit group of friends.

Happy Endings stars Elisha Cuthbert (24) as Alex, Eliza Coupe as Jane, Zachary Knighton as Dave, Adam Pally as Max, Damon Wayans, Jr. as Brad and Casey Wilson as Penny.

 

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2010 in ABC, New Shows

 

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