Kaitlyn Dever, Tim Allen
I'm a sucker for tradition, and there are probably worse ideas than ABC reviving the "TGIF" concept of family-friendly sitcoms on Friday night. Depending on your generation, you may find yourself thinking nostalgically of watching The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family with the babysitter, or growing up with the Full House-Family Matters-Boy Meets World-Perfect Strangers brand of ABC comedy. Hold on to those memories, because unfortunately, there are few shows this season worse or more grating than tonight's Malibu Country (8:31/7:31c), where the beachfront corn grows awfully and annoyingly high.
The networks still aren't lighting up Friday nights. Attempts this fall to reclaim the night with original scripted programming were over before they even began: Fox punted Touch to January; NBC yanked Whitney and Community at the very last minute; and the first cancellation of fall was CBS' Friday drama dud Made in Jersey.
"It all comes back to a lot of changing viewership habits," says Andy Kubitz, ABC Entertainment Group's executive vice president of program planning and scheduling. "People aren't staying around to watch TV on Fridays."
Viewership on the night has grown fragmented...
John Noble, Anna Torv
Question: How? How? How is Nashville not the No. 1 rated new show? I only watched this because of your recommendation and now I am hooked. A show with multi-layered characters who have to make adult decisions that have consequences. The duet that Rayna and Deacon did at the Bluebird was sexy, sad and uncomfortable. Then the next scenes in the parking lot and when she gets home ... wow. — Gary
Matt Roush: Yes, I love the way both episodes ended that ...
Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha
Norman Lear's ears must be burning. Rather than shy away from the most contentious presidential race in recent memory, a handful of TV shows are addressing the November election head-on — all while using Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcoms, like All in the Family, as a template for how to incorporate politics....
Tim Allen's ABC sitcom Last Man Standing has found a new face for an old foil to Allen's Mike Baxter.
Jordan Masterson, who played Dumptruck on ABC Family's Greek, will take over the role of Ryan, Kristin's baby-daddy and father of her 5-year-old son, Boyd. The part was played in Season 1 by Nick Jonas and is being expanded when the series returns on Nov. 2.
Where were you when the Modern Family talent deal finally went down? If you were a member of the Television Critics Association, or one of the creators of ABC's most popular and acclaimed comedy, you were at the network's Friday night post-press tour party. You could actually feel the tension go out of the room — a tension that had clouded much of ABC's TCA day, a major distraction for entertainment president Paul Lee, who tersely deflected questions about cast negotiations during his press session.
ABC has announced fall premiere dates that span from mid-September through early November.
The highly anticipated all-star season of Dancing with the Stars will debut on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c. The Season 5 premiere of Castle immediately follows at 10/9c.
Alexandra Krosney, Tim Allen
Major changes are coming to Last Man Standing. Not only will it be airing on a new night (Fridays), but the Tim Allen comedy is getting a new showrunner and has dropped series regular Alexandra Krosney.
It's official: Dancing With the Stars All-Stars is coming. For the show's 15th season, fan favorites from the past 14 seasons will compete for the chance to take the Dancing title, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters about the network's fall schedule.