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Cheers & Jeers: Mad Love for Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

Cheers to Chris Parnell for his endearing guest turn on Mad Love.

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The SNL veteran guested on CBS' freshman sitcom as a small-town cop, Dennis Barrett, who pulls over Connie (Judy Greer) for speeding. She initially flirts with him to try and get out of the ticket but is eventually charmed by his winning personality. Parnell and Greer have history — they costarred in ABC's underrated gem Miss Guided and both provide voices on FX's animated spy spoof Archer — and they developed a surprisingly potent chemistry in only a few scenes. Thankfully, we haven't seen the last of Parnell on Mad Love — he'll be back for another episode next month.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
8/7c CW
Some naysayers thought this show would fall victim to the WB-UPN merge; others predicted it couldn't overcome losing core characters Lucas and Peyton. But it did indeed survive and is now entering its eighth season. The action picks up right where May's eventful cliffhanger left off, with Clay and Quinn facing life-threatening injuries after being shot by Katie. Meanwhile, others embrace life-changing events: Brooke and Julian are newly engaged, and Haley and Nathan prepare for a second child.

Read on for previews of Minute to Win It, Life Unexpected, Wipeout, Covert Affairs, Fashion's Night Out 2010 and Big Lake. read more

Cheers & Jeers: A Big Waste of Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

Jeers to Big Lake for achieving the impossible: making Chris Parnell unfunny.

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During his 1999-2006 tenure at SNL, he was like the second coming of Phil Hartman, a chameleon who held sketches together with dead-on deadpan timing. Parnell finally went viral with the digital short "Lazy Sunday," then exited SNL to explore greener prime time pastures. His outlandish cameos... read more

Roush Review: Few Laughs in Melissa & Joey, Big Lake and Kids' Death

Kids in the Hall

Memo to the gods of summer TV: Enough already! These are the dog days of August, I understand that all too well (as I wring out my socks after every muggy walk home from work), but the last thing we need in this summer of original-programming bounty is a pack of actual barking dogs pretending to be comedies.

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Two make their bow Tuesday night, with back-to-back episodes challenging you to make it to that second half-hour.

First up: ABC Family's retro snooze Melissa & Joey, or: The Manny. Not Manny as in the wonderfully precocious Manny (Rico Rodriguez) of Modern Family, but male nanny, Who's The Boss? style.

Joey Lawrence fills that role, as "Joe," a down-on-his-luck commodities broker who lost his fortune and family in a financial meltdown. Let me be the first to say: "Whoa." He moves in, platonically, to work ... read more

Will Big Lake Sink or Swim?

Big Lake

Turns out you can go home again—you just might not be welcome there. In the new scripted comedy Big Lake (premiering tonight at 10/9c on Comedy Central), Chris Gethard stars as Josh Franklin, a failed financial whiz kid who flees the big city for his Pennsylvania hometown. But Josh's folks aren't exactly thrilled to see him—especially since he lost their nest egg on failed investments.

"His parents outwardly hate him at this point—they take their aggression out on him, and deservedly so," says Gethard, an accomplished improv comic who landed the role after impressing exec producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay on the set of Ferrell's new comedy The Other Guys... read more

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Premiered: August 17, 2010, on COMEDY CENTRAL
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A disgraced Wall Street whiz kid slinks back to his parents' house, vowing to recoup his father's squandered retirement fund with help from an old friend and a former teacher.

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