Reunion, Love Monkey and Commander in Chief
Reunion. Threshold. E-Ring. Invasion. Emily's Reasons Why Not. Love Monkey. Commander in Chief. Heist.
What do these shows have in common? They all debuted at some point during this soon-to-wrap TV season, yet each saw their run either cut surprisingly short or handicapped by irregular scheduling. Was 2005-06 the worst year ever to sample a new show? Were the networks especially hasty in deciding the fate of freshman series? TVGuide.com consulted a panel of experts with unique points of view to examine this strange little season gone by.
Are New Shows Getting Short Shrift?Jeff Bader, executive vice president of ABC entertainment programming and scheduling, dismisses the suggestion that prime time is a crueler-than-ever proving ground for new series. "
Fred Savage (Crumbs, The Wonder Years) and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their first child in August. You snooze, you lose, Winnie.
Percy Daggs III, Veronica Mars
American IdolOverall, this was not the most exciting edition of American Idol this season. The audition process is going into overdrive with the cutesy montages, and I think the "zombie" one finally pushed me over the edge. I wonder if the judges regret giving Alison Schoening a second chance — I guess a near-death experience is a good reason for double audition time. The panel was a bit too lenient in Austin, letting "fit model" Ashley Jackson through to Hollywood. She sounded better singing with her mouth closed and she really needs to look into a career in ventriloquism. I'm also not too sure about Ronnie "RJ" Norman; his "Ain't No Sunshine" was competent but much less spectacular than he thought i
Reports of the death of the TV sitcom were, thankfully, premature. New critical hits like My Name Is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris and the steadily improving The Office have set a high bar for the new and returning comedies that entered the fray this month. Just getting Scrubs back on the air after an inexcusable fall hiatus is reason enough to celebrate, while some of the newbies hope to fill the romantic-comedy void left by Sex and the City and Friends. Here’s my quick take on the mid-season comedy crop. (I dismissed NBC’s generic buddy romp Four Kings in an earlier column.)
ScrubsTuesdays, 9 pm/ET, NBCHeard it before? Thankfully, yes. The antics are as fresh as ever now that this endearingly irreverent medical comedy has returned — finally — with back-to-back episodes of bawdy slapstick and barbed verbal w
Dancing with the Stars champs Alec Mazo and Kelly Monaco
As part of its mid-season shake-up, ABC has announced that Season 2 of Dancing with the Stars will premiere Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8 pm/ET with a two-hour special, then air 90-minute installments starting the following week. (Take that, Earl!) Dancing's half-hour results show airs Fridays at 8, starting Jan. 6. Also on the new schedule: Hope & Faith moves to Fridays at 8:30, to make room for the new drama In Justice, debuting Jan. 6, and the dysfunctional-family comedy Crumbs, starring Fred Savage, Jane Curtin and William Devane, bows Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9:30.
I miss Winnie Cooper, too, but not during this show. I'm tired of all The Wonder Years references. Where did they even live? was there crack? And did Fred Savage have that mole then? Who cares, they had it made. It's nice to have a Thursday-night show to look forward to, like when we had The Cosby Show, but where's Robin Givens? And show me a brother wearing a Cosby sweater today, I'll totally outblack him – while delivering a child and showing him clips of the best family comedy since his.
Everybody's second episode settled us in a bit, with a family we kinda liked already. We know the parents are tough, but now we like them even more. Chris shines in his oldest-child role, forced to be something, and thankfully for us, he chose the funny. If anyone interviews him, ask if he made up "ghetto snob" then or now. The family is more of a character, too, and thank god we've lost our infatuation with dysfunction, because
This summer, Wonder Years moppet Fred Savage, now 28, married his childhood neighbor Jennifer Stone, also 28, in Los Angeles. But where was his other dream girl next door? We're thinking of Winnie Cooper (aka Danica McKellar), who was Kevin Arnold's crush throughout the classic dramedy series. Rumor has it Mrs. Savage objected to her attending the wedding....
"You are not the first person who has said that," McKellar, 29, tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "Fred and I stay in touch, but I was out of town. People say, 'Oh, you didn't go because the wife didn't want you there. She's jealous!' But no. Jenny is very sweet. I've met her several times. She's adorable.
"Fred and I are much more like brother and sister," says the actress, who more recently played Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing. "We had a crush on each other in the very beginning but he ended up becoming my annoying little brother."
This doesn't mean McKell