Once upon a very different time, Lisa Kudrow owned Thursday night along with her other TV Friends during NBC's now-distant era of "Must See" supremacy. She's back on the same night, on a different network, but once again she's landed on the buzziest show of the moment: ABC's Scandal (10/9c), where she begins a recurring role as Josephine Marcus, a Democratic Congresswoman — and outspoken critic of the Grant administration — who tangles with First Lady Mellie (the awesome Bellamy Young). What drew Kudrow back to network TV? May have something to do with her longtime friendship and working relationship with producing partner (and guest actor Emmy winner) Dan Bucatinsky, who plays Cyrus's excitable partner James on the show. While she's reason enough to tune in, the Pope & Associates subplot also sounds like fun, as they take on as a client a politician notorious for snapping photos of his unmentionables. (Sound familiar?)
Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar
CBS has given full-season orders to The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom, the network announced Friday.
"We're proud of CBS's leadership position in comedy and excited to build on it with the back nine pick-ups of these three new comedies," said CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler.
Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies
Did you sink your teeth into The Originals? Will you welcome The Millersand Welcome to the Family into your home? Did Sean Saves the Worldcapture your attention?
Now that these new series have premiered, we want to know your thoughts — and what you think of every new show this season!
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Will Arnett and Margo Martindale
There seems to really be no way to talk about CBS' new sitcom The Millers without talking about farts.
The series, premiering Thursday at 8:30/7:30c on CBS, stars Will Arnett as TV journalist Nathan Miller. When Nathan reveals his recent divorce to his mother Carol (Margo Martindale) and father Tom (Beau Bridges), Nathan's parents also decide to split up and Carol moves in with Nathan. But ever since the pilot was made available to critics, the most-talked about scene of the show involves Martindale's character unknowingly passing gas. Needless to say, the focus on flatulence has concerned creator Greg Garcia, who insists there's more to the show than fart jokes.
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"We're not the farting show that some have made us out to be," Garcia tells TVGuide.com with a laugh...
Samantha Isler, Sean Hayes
This fall you can really feel the Modern Family influence in the development of most networks' new comedy slates, and it's especially noticeable on NBC's Thursday lineup. With the exception of the long-running Parks and Recreation, which until the double expectancy whammy of Ann Perkins and Ron's Diane had been curiously child-free for a show supposedly set in America's heartland, NBC's new sitcoms are very much in the family way, for better or worse.
One actually bills itself as Welcome to the Family (8:31/7:31c), and if familiarity is a prerequisite for your viewing patterns, you'll feel right at home here. This innocuous domestic farce pivots on a culture clash between...
Even though Will Arnett is known for his comedic chops, he's all about the drama!
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Happy Endings star Eliza Coupe has landed a recurring gig on CBS' The Millers, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
In the comedy, Will Arnett stars as Jack Miller, a recently divorced TV reporter whose life is complicated when his parents (Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges) also decide to split, and his mom moves in with him...
The No. 1 broadcast network delivered a welcome jolt of energy to its day in the TCA press-tour spotlight when CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, one of network TV's most boisterous showmen and champions, took the stage Monday morning for the first time since 2005 (filling in at the last minute for entertainment president Nina Tassler, called away for a friend's funeral). Bluntly bullish on CBS's prospects for the new season ("We're confident we're going to be up this year"), Moonves credited stability as a primary factor for the network's long-term success.
"It's great to be able to renew 20 shows. It really is. ... When you can do that, it makes it easier to launch shows when you're launching them in positions that are behind successful shows. Obviously, it doesn't work all the time [RIP, Vegas and Golden Boy], but it leads to a degree of being able to win year after year." Moonves suggested the streak won't last forever, pointing to NBC's fall from grace when it couldn't find new hits to replace Friends and ER. But given the lackluster state of so much of this new fall season, it's hard to imagine any rival unseating CBS anytime soon.
Whether it's the self-absorbed (and completely un-self-aware) Gob Bluth on Arrested Development or Jack Donaghy's ridiculously competitive archnemesis Devon Banks on 30 Rock, Will Arnett is best known for his more, shall we say, eccentric roles. But for...