Cheers & Jeers


Cheers & Jeers: My Boys Don't Cry!

My Boys

Cheers to My Boys for weathering the loss of one of their own.

TBS' endearing-underdog sitcom has always coasted on the chemistry of its ensemble, so the news that the reliably hilarious Jim Gaffigan wouldn't return for Season 4 as Jordana Spiro's droll brother gave fans cause for concern... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Louie the 14th (To Do the Same Old Jokes)

Louie

Jeers to Louie for trafficking in clichés and ugly stereotypes.

Louis CK's FX "comedy" has been praised for its edgy style, but when you look past the gritty-indie camerawork and ooh-aren't-we-daring? use of politically incorrect epithets (including the n-word in a repugnant vignette about how African-Americans allegedly don't leave tips), it's as boringly conventional as TV gets... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Rizzoli & Isles Cops Out

Lorraine Bracco

Jeers to Rizzoli & Isles for criminally neglecting its high-caliber supporting cast.

Per its title, the hit TNT crime drama follows the cutesy exploits of Beantown galpals Det. Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). The wildly overqualified and underutilized ensemble includes Emmy nominee Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) and Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway) as Rizzoli's stereotypically squabbling mom and dad ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: John Schneider Country-Rocks Leverage

John Schneider

Cheers to John Schneider for getting back in touch with his rural roots on Leverage.

The impressively well-preserved actor (who was actually born in Mt. Kisco, New York) has been passing himself off as a country boy ever since he guzzled beer and claimed he was from Snellville, Georgia while auditioning for his breakthrough role as Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard. read more

Cheers & Jeers: Steve Harris Lights up Friday Night

Steve Harris

Cheers to Friday Night Lights for putting a spotlight on Steve Harris.

The Emmy-nominated actor has been largely invisible on the small screen since wrapping his run as lawyer Eugene Young on The Practice in 2004. He's quietly reemerged on the superlative fourth season of FNL as Vernon Merriweather... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Psych Gets Physical

Psych

Cheers to Psych for adding slap-shtick to its repertoire.

The USA Network hit is known for the witty repartee between fake psychic Shawn (James Roday) and his trusty partner Gus (Dulé Hill). But the comic highlights of the Season 5 premiere, in which the duo got mixed up in a Romeo & Juliet-style dispute between warring Chinese triad gangs, were the fall-down-funny fight scenes. Most of them involved Shawn getting his (wise)-ass kicked, and Roday — no doubt assisted by a stunt double — pulled them off with aplomb... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Huey Lewis Gets Hot in Cleveland

Huey Lewis

Jeers to Hot in Cleveland for proving it's not hip to be square.

TV Land's old-school sitcom went back in time to miscast '80s nice-guy pop star Huey Lewis as bad-boy rocker Johnny Revere. (He was almost as convincing as Greg Brady when he posed as rock star Johnny Bravo.) Reuniting with old flame Victoria (Wendie Malick) at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Peter Gallagher's One-Two Punch

Peter Gallagher

Cheers to Peter Gallagher for pulling double duty on a pair of basic-cable dramas.

The charismatic charmer, who's long seemed like a character actor blessed with a leading man's looks, has been too-seldom-seen on the small screen since the sun set on The O.C.'s Sandy Cohen in 2007... read more

Cheers & Jeers: More Good Luck for Bridgit Mendler

Bridgit Mendler

Cheers to Disney Channel for wishing upon another teen star: Bridgit Mendler.

You may not know her name yet, but your kids do: She stars in Good Luck Charlie, TV's top-rated tween series, which the cable net has just picked up for a second season and an original movie... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Entourage's Great Scott (Caan)

Scott Caan

Cheers to Scott Caan for finding a home on the small screen.

The swagger-iffic son of James Caan spent the past 15 years trying to follow in his dad's cinematic footsteps and only occasionally landing ...
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