Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn
While ABC's The Middle may not be the most popular, acclaimed or honored family comedy on TV, it is almost certainly the most relevant (and often the funniest). Especially in an election year when so much attention was focused on the financially strapped middle class, the travails of the down-but-not-out Hecks of Indiana resonate like no TV family since the Conners of Roseanne.
To say the introduction of Tessa's mom on Suburgatory has been a long time coming is a little bit of an understatement.
"This was much later than we originally planned," creator and showrunner Emily Kapnek tells TVGuide.com of the debut of Tessa's long-gone mom Alex (played by Couples Retreat actress Malin Akerman). "We thought that we would get there by the [Season 1] finale and, at the same time, none of us were willing to rush that character in the door if we hadn't found the right person. It was really, really difficult, but Malin is the total package."
Wednesday's Thanksgiving episode of Suburgatory (9:30/8:30c on ABC) serves up a big helping of family drama when Alex, who left town when...
His perfect six-pack. His unmatched athletic prowess. His utter stupidity. It was always clear that Ryan (Parker Young) and Lisa Shay (Allie Grant) were not biologically related, but Suburgatory viewers were stunned at the end of last season when it was revealed that it was Sheila and Fred's beloved son — not their outcast daughter — who was adopted.
No one was more surprised so than Young himself. "Honestly, when I read it, it really made me sad. I didn't...
Nina Tassler, Kevin Reilly
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Jane Levy, Malin Akerman
Tessa, get ready to meet your mom!
Suburgatory has cast funny lady Malin Akerman in the highly buzzed-about role of Tessa's long-gone mom, Alex, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Suburgatory boss on the "tough" search Tessa's mom, George and Dallas' rush into dating
"I'm a huge, nerdy fan [of Malin's] and this was an extensive search for...
Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto
The pressure is on for Suburgatory this coming season. On-screen, the family comedy is preparing to introduce the long-gone mom of Tessa (Jane Levy) as well as finally put will-they-or-won't-they couple George (Jeremy Sisto) and Dallas (Cheryl Hines) together. Off-screen, the family comedy is in the hot seat (in a good way) after a last-minute bump on the fall schedule from 8:30/7:30c to the coveted post-Modern Family spot of 9:30/8:30c.
"I'm still trying to figure out what I should send [ABC Entertainment President] Paul Lee as a thank you gift," creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek says. "It's not just a huge opportunity, but a good fit. We were a little bit edgy at times for...
Jane Levy and Carly Chaikn
[SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Suburgatory. Read at your own risk.]
brother mother! No, Tessa (Jane Levy) didn't actually come face-to-face with her long-gone mama in Suburgatory's season finale. However, she did...
Alicia Silverstone, Jeremy Sisto
Alicia Silverstone knows she's about to divide Suburgatory fans. The Clueless star makes her Chatswin debut on Wednesday's episode (8:30/7:30c on ABC) as Eden, a wholesome, farm-raised lass from Montana who instantly has George eating the crunchy, non-processed granola out of the palm of her hand.
Which of course makes us cry: "What about Dallas?!"
Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto
Should you skip any of the last seven episodes of Suburgatory this season, be warned: you'll be missing a Clueless reunion, a kangaroo named Penuche (like the caramel), a step routine by Dallas' sorority sisters (she went to an all-black college), date night for Ryan and Tessa, The Situation...
Look, it's probably best if you just don't schedule anything on Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c from now until Mother's Day. Trust us. And trust Suburgatory boss Emily Kapnek, who was in a giving mood when she spoke about everything yet to come. The 13 biggest spoilers:
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The last time George Altman found condoms in his daughter's bedroom on Suburgatory, he turned their entire life upside down and moved them from Manhattan to suburbia.
Now that he's found them again, expect George to act in a similarly outrageous and over-the-top fashion. "It's his Achilles heel," Jeremy Sisto tells TVGuide.com. "He's not ready to deal with his child growing up."
Clueless reunion! Alicia Silverstone rolling (with the homies) to Suburgatory
In Wednesday's episode (8:30/7:30c, ABC) George goes into panic mode and tries planning a game night with the girls to...