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Wednesday in Review: A Hot Origin Story, Driving With Suburgatory, and More

Hot In Cleveland

Unless you're watching the Orange Bowl on ESPN, tonight's best bets are strictly comedy. (And yes, that includes Revenge. More on that in a few.)

It somehow seems fitting that when TV Land's Hot in Cleveland (10/9c) looks back at how it all began for Melanie, Joy and Victoria, we're thrust into an '80s time warp, because if there was ever a show that felt like an artifact from a simpler, sillier time, it's this one. Betty White gets the set-up: "How did you guys meet, anyway?" Elka asks to kill time outside a stadium restroom. "If there were a TV in view, I wouldn't [care]," she barks, self-reflexively acknowledging what a clichéd storyline this is.

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On The Set: Jeremy Sisto Reflects On Life In Suburgatory

Jeremy Sisto, Surbugatory

Wrapped in a white robe and surrounded by clouds of rising steam, Jeremy Sisto keeps adjusting his underwear. He's filming a scene in the sauna of the Chatswin Country Club, where his Suburgatory character, George, so desperately wants to fit in, but the director isn't happy with how Sisto's boxers keep peeking out. "The steam room — where all the secrets happen," Sisto says with a laugh.

It's no secret the ABC comedy is one of the fall's biggest breakouts, and his on-screen daughter, Jane Levy, is quick to credit Sisto for its success. "Jeremy just has this presence," she says. "He's a presence-sucking monster — and he's also pretty funny."

Having tackled his share of dramatic roles in the past, the actor was ready for something lighter. "It's always a little scary because... read more

Beyond the Turkey: Critic's Guide to Thanksgiving Week TV

Andrew Lincoln

Some selective highlights and mini-reviews to get you through the long holiday weekend:

WEDNESDAY

Last week, she was a hapless office assistant on Up All Night. Tonight, in the same time period on a different network, she's an insufferable sibling who makes Thanksgiving a chore, as Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon shows off her range, playing Frankie's demanding sister Janet on ABC's The Middle (8/7c). A holiday visit to Frankie's mom and dad (Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke) becomes a recipe for disaster: "Stir in one broken toy, one passive-aggressive sister and let stew overnight ... Take unresolved issues and soak in alcohol." Frankie insists that "Everybody in one house is what makes holidays special," but anyone who's ever spent the festivities sleeping on an air mattress will relate to this first-rate episode.

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Critic's Guide to Wednesday TV: The SNL Comedy Invasion, A New Whitechapel Case, and More!

Molly Shannon

Lost in all this week's understandable hubbub over NBC putting Community on midseason hiatus — and no, I'm not happy about it, either — was the welcome news that NBC is at least doing the right thing by its freshman sleeper comedy Up All Night and moving it to Thursdays come January, swapping time periods with Whitney. (What took them so long?) On this week's new episode (8/7c), yet another Saturday Night Live alum makes a guest appearance: read more

Exclusive Suburgatory Video: Why Is Tessa Letting Dallas Supersize Her Birthday Plans?

Suburgatory

And you thought Tessa might never find anything to like about the suburbs. Turns out wealthy neighbors with connections aren't such a bad thing to have around when you're the birthday girl.

In TVGuide.com's exclusive sneak peek at this week's Suburgatory, Dallas (Cheryl Hines) learns that Tessa's (Jane Levy) 16th birthday party plans include two buddies, pizza, a movie... and that's just not how things are done in Chatswick.

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Watch My Show: Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Jane Levy

Critics and viewers have already put down roots in Suburgatory, which has shown enough early promise to land a full-season order from ABC. The quirky comedy, which stars Jane Levy (Shameless) as a sarcastic teen whose single dad (Jeremy Sisto) moves them to suburbia, has averaged 9.3 million viewers after five airings. That's solid — but for those of you who haven't yet traveled to Suburgatory, executive producer Emily Kapnek answered our first show-runner survey, explaining why viewers should tune in.
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Ana Gasteyer Upped to Series Regular on Suburgatory

Ana Gasteyer

Suburgatory's Ana Gasteyer is becoming a series regular on the ABC sitcom, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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First Look: Suburgatory's Sweet 16

Jane Levy/ABC

When Suburgatory's Tessa (Jane Levy) turns the big 1-6, the ABC comedy borrows a page from MTV's My Super Sweet 16 and throws an unforgettable birthday bash. "She wants to have a low-key party with just two friends, pizza and rent a movie," Levy says.

But when Dallas (Cheryl Hines) discovers Tessa's plans, she takes matters into her own hands to throw the party of a lifetime. "It's over the top," adds Levy, who never had a Sweet 16 party in real life but... read more

ABC Orders More Happy Endings Scripts; Revenge, Suburgatory Get Full Seasons

Emily VanCamp, Revenge, Jane Levy, Suburgatory

For Emily VanCamp, Revenge is sweet.

ABC has given a full-season order to the contemporary take on The Count of Monte Cristo, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Suburgatory, starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto, has also been... read more

Exclusive: Suburgatory Casts Prom Star as Love Interest for Tessa

Thomas McDonnell

Looks like Tessa will find something to love about the suburbs after all!

Prom star Thomas McDonell has booked a two-episode stint on ABC's Suburgatory, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Cheryl Hines on mocking, embracing the suburbs in Suburgatory

He'll play Scott Strauss, an incredibly handsome guy who read more

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