Sons & Daughters

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It seems from the majority of ...

Question: It seems from the majority of sites that I have read (TV Guide included) that the reaction to Mitch Hurwitz leaving Arrested Development (and most likely killing the show) is one of anger or confusion. I am curious as to why that is, since I, for one, agree with him. I don't think a lot of people realize just how involved he was with every aspect of the show and how hard it would be to transfer the show to a different network and come up with new story lines, characters and other things that would be required to justify the continuance of the show. I would much rather this show go the way of the U.K. version of The Office than the way of The Simpsons. I think the best thing for him to do would be to take a few years off and collect himself, team up with Jim Vallely and pitch a new show to a channel that will support him in the way that he deserves. No matter what happens, I will always be thankful for what he has given us and look forward to his future projects. Answer: ... read more

Sons Daughters Way to go, Cameron!...

Sons & Daughters Way to go, Cameron! Way to give your mom a heart attack. OK, so she just has angina. You’re off the hook. However, your nephew thinks something’s wrong with Grandma’s “vagina.” Have fun explaining that one. I tell ya, nothing brings a family together like a trip to the hospital. And it’s a surefire way for Mom to get her husband, Wendal, back. I can’t help it, but every time I see Max Gail, I can’t stop thinking that he played Harold in the '80s movie D.C. Cab. Did anyone see that film? I also can’t help thinking Cameron’s wife, Liz, looks a little like Debra Messing. Anyone? But I’m digging the relationships between Jenna, Wiley and Whitey. In a weird way, I’m rooting f read more

Sons & Daughters: Trauma and Surprises

Allison Quinn, Sons & Daughters

Well, this blog has taken my celebrity to new heights. I simply didn't anticipate the extraordinary interest millions of readers would take in the random thoughts of me, a modest journeyman-actor-turned-huge-ABC-television-star. It hasn't given me a big head or made me treat people any differently than I did before. Just ask my assistants, Felicia and Maggie, my personal shopper Yvette, or Charles, the English butler who helps me put on my trousers one leg at a time in the morning — I really haven't changed at all. I still try to lead a selfless and simple life. I even hired a Tibetan to read quotes from the Dalai Lama aloud to me as I'm choosing which Hugo Boss suit to wear that day. Me, a simple, hardworking fellow from beautiful Montesano, Washington. Me, who leads a spiritual life and thinks only of his fellow man, even when I'm sailing in the Bahamas, playing blackjack for a thousand dollars a hand in Las Vegas, or waking up with Eva Longoria.  read more

Sons Daughters It was another...

Sons & DaughtersIt was another double-shot Tuesday night for Cameron and his crazy family. The first episode reminded me never to borrow money from my siblings. On one hand, when it comes to family, there's no financial interest to pay. But it's the "emotional interest" that kills you. Borrowing $1,500 from Sharon meant Cameron had to sit through Don's pathetic play and work concessions during intermission. If you've never witnessed a painful performance by a friend (let alone a brother-in-law), trust me, you'd rather be in debt up to your eyeballs. Sharon (played by Alison Quinn), by the way, is seriously stealing this show. Not only is she the most hilarious deadpan character ever, I looked up her bi read more

Sons & Daughters: Money and Ambition

Dee Wallace and Max Gail, Sons & Daughters

Tonight's episodes of Sons & Daughters (beginning at 9 pm/ET on ABC) are titled "Family Finance" and "Karaoke." What is it about money that brings out the worst in human behavior? My good friend William Shakespeare used to always tell me, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be." Of course, later, when he came crawling to me straight from the pub for a loan, I would throw that quote right back in his face using a phony-sounding British accent. He could write a heck of a play, but he was terrible with money. Anyway, I digress. The first episode, "Family Finance," is one of my favorites. It was written by one of our shining stars in the writers' room, Justin Adler, and directed by David Steinber read more

So I realize I am about to ...

Question: So I realize I am about to answer my own question, but your opinion is still greatly valued in my household. Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET there is Scrubs, American Idol, Sons & Daughters and The Unit on TV. First of all, what scheduling genius came up with that? I know there are four geniuses, but I'm going to blame the guys at ABC and CBS because Scrubs and Idol were there first. So herein lies my problem. Between my two TiVos, I have three inputs, not four. Yes, the real answer is to get a second input on that second TiVo, but that model isn't capable of it and I can't afford a new one at the moment. So what do I drop? Right now, I'm leaning towards The Unit. I love Idol and Scrubs, and since I've already invested so much time in those, they are not leaving my schedule. As for the other two, I already have 24, Prison Break, The Shield, Lost, Invasion and Alias to fill my intense-drama quota each week. But as far as comedies go, I'm lacking. I have Scrubs, Earl and The Office, and ... read more

I was going to give Sons & ...

Dee Wallace-Stone and Fred Goss, Sons & Daughters

Question: I was going to give Sons & Daughters a pass. The ads for it did not look too appealing. However, after reading your review I decided to give it a shot. Thanks! It was thoroughly enjoyable, all the way down to the opening music (Grateful Dead's "Althea" — thus stressing the improvisational nature of the show). The question is: Is this too quirky for network TV? My gut says low ratings will lead to a quick cancellation, although I hope I'm wrong. What's your take? Answer: That is the several-million-dollar question, isn't it? The show doesn't clip or promo well, as you noted. It's going to have to survive, at least at first, on critical buzz and the network's patience. I'll consider it a triumph if ABC just lets it stay on the air for the allotted six weeks until Commander in Chief is scheduled to return to its old time period. The early ratings weren't great, but it put ABC in third place against powerhouse House and the expected strong launch for The Unit behind NCIS (a very ... read more

Sons Daughters As I'm watching...

Sons & DaughtersAs I'm watching my shows for the Watercooler, I take notes. I write down quotes, character names and plotlines in a very organized manner. Last night I found out that I need to start taping Sons & Daughters because it's very hard to write clearly when tears of laughter are pouring down my face. This show is unique, fresh and funny. We're talking milk-shooting-out-of-the-nose funny. So funny, you accidentally let one rip while you're laughing. You get what I'm saying? Funny! Crudeness and subtlety are the key ingredients here. Like when Don and Sharon are talking about the bad sex they just had and he describes it to her as "tossing a wrench in a closet." Or when Cameron is trying to explain why his parents might be breaking up and say read more

Sons & Daughters Blog: What's Fappenin'?

Jerry Lambert, Greg Pitts and Fred Goss, Sons & Daughters

I play Don Fenton on ABC's new comedy Sons & Daughters [premiering Tuesday, March 7, at 9 pm/ET]. Hopefully this blog will be even more exciting, dynamic and handsome than Don Fenton is, if that's possible. Frankly, I've never heard of a blog being described as "handsome," but that's all changed now: We've entered a new era of blogging. This handsome and charismatic blog might just change the way you look at yourselves, and at television. If I can make a difference in one person's life... just one person's... well, it won't be enough. Now, about Sons and Daughters. The central figure of the show is Cameron Walker, played by Fred Goss. I play his brother-in-law. Fred is also one of the ex read more

I've been watching a lot of ...

Question: I've been watching a lot of reruns of Roseanne on Nick at Nite lately and I wonder if there can ever be another show to match it. It was brilliant, especially in its early years. I would love to watch another family comedy on the same level as Roseanne. Answer: So would we all. Those first seasons of Roseanne were so raw, so honest, so true to the star's vision, and, of course, so hilarious. One of the saddest observations I can make about today's TV comedy scene is to look at ABC and to realize that the network that once showcased Roseanne, Brett Butler and Tim Allen is now the network of Jim Belushi, Freddie Prinze Jr., George Lopez and Hope & Faith. It's enough to make you cry. (But then, ABC's Sons & Daughters, premiering Tuesday, may give you hope. Just pray someone actually watches. ... read more

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Premiered: March 07, 2006, on ABC
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Premise: This partially improvised sitcom focuses on the idiosyncrasies of an extended family and the highs and lows that accompany marriage, raising kids and complex relationships. Produced by Lorne Michaels.

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