Comedy is very hot this TV season — thank ABC's best-of-class Wednesday comedies (all in repeats tonight), CBS' Monday blockbusters, NBC's cult faves and Fox's giddy New Girl — but two lousy new sitcom arrivals buck the trend, leaving a sour aftertaste.
Normally I'd celebrate at any circumstance that shrinks The X Factor to 90 minutes, but in this case, it opens the door for Fox's unpleasant I Hate My Teenage Daughter (9:30/8:30c), which traps two gifted comedians — My Name Is Earl's Emmy-winning spitfire Jaime Pressly and two-time Tony-winning scene-stealer Katie Finneran — in no-win roles as shrill moms who used to be ugly ducklings and are now cowed by their bratty offspring (forgettably rendered by Aisha Dee and Kristi Lauren), who are turning out to be the sort of spoiled mean girls who tormented the moms back when they were in high school.
TV Land has ordered two new sitcoms headlined by Fran Drescher and Scrubs alum Donald Faison.
In addition, the network has renewed ...
David Alan Basche is the new guy in town, so be nice! Not that we need to tell you that after meeting the super-cute and charming new addition to USA's hit show The Starter Wife (Fridays at 10 pm/ET on USA). Basche was cast to replace Peter Jacobson, who played Kenny in the miniseries, (then left to play Taub on House) as Debra Messing's "inattentive, arrogant and self-centered" ex-husband.
More on David and his video interview after the jump!
Since Peter Jacobson is busy playing House , Debra Messing's Starter Wife will get a new ex when the mini returns as a USA Network series in October. David Alan Basche, who most recently had a run NBC's Lipstick Jungle , is taking over the role of Kenny Kagan, the Hollywood mogul Messing's character once was wed to, says the Reporter. — MWM