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Question: With the introduction this year of new comedies like the promising The New Normal and the dreadful Partners featuring prominent characters who are gay, I was wondering what you think of the current state of gay characters represented on TV. In some ways while I am thrilled to see more representation of the gay community on television, I have to admit I was disheartened by the same stereotypical, flamboyant gay characters once again being represented. Haven't we moved past this? I do think we have some very positive portrayals today in shows like Glee and Grey's Anatomy, but this just seems like a step backwards. What are your thoughts? — Rob
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A quick look back at some of what got this critic talking about TV this week:
THE MAIN EVENT: Now that's how you do a TV debate, as the veep candidates squared off Thursday night in a lively encounter that made for great TV, unlike last week's unfocused and lost-in-the-weeds presidential face-off. Rousing, contentious, scrappy, with an actively engaged moderator...
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Surprise, Part I: When Mindy and her co-workers decide to go out for a night on the town on The Mindy Project, it's the practice's wet-blanket doctor, Danny (Chris Messina), who has a big trick up his sleeve: He can bust quite a move on the dance floor -- to the shock of his female colleagues. The only thing that could make his slick moves like Jagger even cooler? He tells Mindy that his mom put him in dance classes as a kid because he was getting into lots of fights. A guy who can throw a left hook and bump it? Oh, doctor!
12. Most Romantic Engagement: Although Shania's pretend wedding to Wilbur on...
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NBC scored its first Tuesday win of the season, as its entire lineup posted big week-to-week gains.
The Voice topped the night with 11.9 million viewers and a 4.4 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, growing 47 percent to hit a three-week high. Go On (7 million, 2.8) also saw a three-week high, rising 33 percent, while The New Normal (5 million, 2.0) climbed 18 percent and Parenthood (5 million, 2.0) surged 25 percent.
According to NBC, this marks the first time since ...
Go On was one of the first three new shows to earn a full-season pickup this fall, and its success comes as big of a surprise to the cast and crew as it may anyone else.
"Nobody knew whether it was going to work," Matthew Perry told reporters on a conference call. "Nobody knew, really, whether people were going to laugh at these sad situations."
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The show's premise reads more like a drama than a comedy: Sportscaster Ryan King (Perry) attends group therapy to deal with his wife's death. But Perry believes the series — or more specifically, creator/executive producer Scott Silveri, with whom he worked on Friends — has managed to find ...
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14. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Award: On The Amazing Race premiere, Amy, a double-amputee, and Daniel are on their way to a first-place finish and a $1 million bonus (the team that wins the first and last legs will win $2 million) when Daniel decides to tell Abbie and Ryan where the final clue is — "because that's just the type of guy he is," according to Amy. There is no karma for their good deed: Abbie and Ryan overtake them on the sprint to the Pit Stop and are now the ones eligible for the bonus. Guys, whatever happened to the...
CBS ruled Tuesday from start to finish, as all three of its dramas once again topped their respective hours.
NCIS was the most-watched and top-rated show of the night with 18.5 million viewers and a 3.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, falling slightly from last week. NCIS: Los Angeles (14.8 million, 3.1) and Vegas (12 million, 2.1) fell about 10 and 16 percent, respectively.
Fox's Raising Hope returned to 3.9 million ...
Where there's hope, there's laughter. And where there's Raising Hope, which returns for a third season tonight on Fox (8/7c), the laughter is of a particularly shameless quality. Take Sabrina's grandmother Nana — please! Actually, as the episode begins, this glam granny has already been taken to the great beyond, her body laid out for the wake in a scenario that almost sounds like a Bones episode: "The Body in the Buffet." (The vain Nana having requested her body be put in the kitchen so people would notice — which Cloris Leachman's unhinged Maw Maw certainly does.)
On the series finale of Friday Night Lights, East Dillon Panthers running back Luke Cafferty (Matt Lauria) enlisted in the army. A year and a half later, Lauria seems to be picking up where he left off on FNL boss Jason Katims' show Parenthood as a solider returning from two tours in Afghanistan.
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Our top moments of the week:
16. Worst Pity Party: When things get overwhelming for Blair, er, Lisa Whelchel on Survivor: Philippines, she goes to a remote part of camp and starts complaining about how she's not fitting in with her tribemates. "I've been on my own since I was 12 when I moved to California to be on The Mickey Mouse Club," she says weepily to the camera. Now that's how you make strong allies on Survivor — bring up your Disney past!
15. Best Misunderstanding: Parenthood's Grandpa Zeek makes an...