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...
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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
Jeers to ESPN for turning LeBron James' The Decision into a sideshow.
The sports network basically turned over the keys to the NBA free agent, allowing him to choose who would interview him (the aptly named Jim Gray) and who would sponsor (the University of Phoenix—huh?) his primetime special announcing where he'll play next season. And as much as the anchors...