Wednesday, September 16, 2009
TBG TV: 2009 Fall Preview – Wednesday
Shows I'm Already Watching: How many clues will you need to guess the mystery show, kids? (1) Entering its 11th season, this long-running drama crossed over into self-parody several years ago. (2) Last season, saw the return of a semi-major character who was written out of the show by way of the witness protection program five years ago AND – for the second straight season – the introduction of a new recurring good guy character who turns into a bad guy in the season finale. (3) TV legend Carol Burnett, 102, guest starred last season as a the owner of a strip club…who was accused of murdering her husbands "black widow" style...and, slept with her much-younger nephew. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, everyone!
New Show to TiVo: You have to understand what it was like to be a teenager during the peak years (1987-91) of Married…With Children. It was practically casual soft-core pornography by the staid television standards of the time. And, before it turned into the sad one-note joke of its later years, Married… was also one of the better written sitcoms of its era. This season, Ed (Al Bundy) O'Neill stars as a sixty-year-old divorcee who ends up marrying a Columbian half his age in Modern Family (ABC). Something smells like inappropriate! I've got a soft spot for O'Neill's comic chops and not even the shrill presence of Shelley Long as O'Neill's ex-wife can keep me from giving this a shot.
New Show with No Chance: How long has ABC's Cougar Town been in development? I ask because I'm reasonably certain "cougar" hasn't been a prominent part of the American lexicon since we were all enamored with "Stifler's mom" in the original American Pie movie. Wait a tic…that was "MILF", wasn't it? Bah, no matter. I've got no real history with the show's star Courtney Cox. I'm apparently the only man alive who's never seen an episode of Friends, Cox's husband annoys me to no end and ENOUGH with the botox, Courtney.