Some selective highlights and mini-reviews to get you through the long holiday weekend:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Suburgatory's Ana Gasteyer is becoming a series regular on the ABC sitcom, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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...
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...
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
Suburgatory scared up 9.81 million souls, according to preliminary Nielsen info.
The new ABC sitcom at 8:30/7:30c grabbed a 3.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, marking a 27 percent improvement over last year's tenant of the time slot, Better With You. The comedy, starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto, follows The Middle, which was down to 8.55 million from last week's 9.35 million. Similarly, most of Wednesday's ratings were lower than last week, though to varying degrees.
Kind of enjoyed this one. A lot.
We're not sure if it Suburgatory's opening shot of the Talbots-bedecked mom rapping at a red light, the high school glee-club joke (complete with dork in a wheelchair and cheerleader uniforms) or the not-too-snarky wit of Jane Levy's upended teen, but this comedy about the Altmans, a dad-daughter duo who move from Manhattan to the 'burbs is more fun than a frapp-filled day at the mall with a cosmetically enhanced mom.