New Wednesdays on ABC   

Technically not all of tonight’s fare on ABC is new as we’ve still got Dancing with the Stars at 8PM for one more week. Still, three new shows on one network is a lot for one night. I feel it qualifies as a New Wednesday.

If you’ve been listening to the TVx3 podcast, you already know where I stand with the new ABC shows. However, they deserve a little extra spotlighting on the day of their premiere. Especially since I enjoyed all three shows making their bow tonight.

MODERN FAMILY premieres on ABC tonight at 9PM.Modern Family, 9 PM — Is it even possible not to have heard of this show? I don’t watch a lot of network TV during the summer but I’m pretty sure you can’t turn on ABC without seeing at least one promo for it. And it’s quickly become a darling of TV critics. Even when it doesn’t top their lists, it’s one of the new Fall shows everyone recommends. Including me. I’ve seen the pilot several times now and it holds up quite well.

The strong cast have no problem jumping right into their respective roles. It usually takes me awhile to warm to and believe in sitcom ensemble casts. Not this one. They mesh so well that it’s hard to tell this is their first episode together.

I’m also appreciative of the normality of the families here. I know that sounds odd but there’s so much shock and awe happening in primetime these days. It’s nice to have a show that can find the humor in the ordinary. I think just about anyone can relate to at least one of the characters in Modern Family.

The pilot’s not perfect but it’s still pretty great. And smart. And laugh out loud funny, multiple times. And it only looks to be getting better based on the rumors and casting news I’ve heard. I’m looking forward to finding out if it’s true and I hope you’ll give it a shot too.

Courteney Cox and Dan Byrd star in COUGAR TOWN starting tonight at 9:30 PM on ABC.Cougar Town, 9:30 PM — I went into this apprehensive but willing to give it a shot. Unfortunate name aside, it won me over. The truth is, I like Courtney Cox. Even when she’s on a show I just can’t get into (Dirt), I like her. And I think she works wonders here. She’s definitely more adept at capturing the awkwardness of an older woman hooking up with a younger man than Jenna Elfman did in the pilot Accidentally on Purpose. Add in Dan Byrd as her son and it was a winning combination for me. Busy Phillips, who I adore, is my one weak spot in the cast. She was a bit too over the top in this first episode but I’m hoping she’ll calm down a bit once we move into the second and third episodes.

I’ll definitely be giving the show at least two or three more episodes to keep my interest. It surprised me once, hopefully it’ll keep that up.

Eastwick, 10 PM — And here’s where I differ from most of the critics and my fellow TV bloggers. The previews I had seen of it gave me no hope that it’d be any good and I went in determined to find fault with it. Instead, I really enjoyed it. I’m not in love with it by all means but I like it enough to give it a few more episodes to make it on to my schedule full-time.

The people behind the show would probably groan to hear me describe it this way but it reminds me of Charmed. Not, mind you, because of the three witches aspect. In that way, it’s nothing like Charmed. No, it’s more the tone of the show that appeals to me. Granted, I loved the movie Witches of Eastwick so I suppose it’s not startling to hear I enjoy the thought of having a comparable TV show. I wasn’t even as bothered by Paul Gross as I expected. He’s still not perfect but I loved his work on the Canadian Slings and Arrows and feel like I should withhold judgement until I’ve seen a bit more. I do like all three women cast as Roxanne, Kat, and Joanna.

All in all, Eastwick seems like it’ll be right up my alley. Of course, right now the real question is whether anyone else will enjoy it.

I leave you with a sneak peek at four different scenes from tonight’s premiere of Eastwick:

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4 Responses to “New Wednesdays on ABC”

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    Just Jody says:

    I watched Cougar Town last night. LOVED it. Laughed my ass off. Definitely a win in my books!

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      Rae says:

      Yay! Glad you liked it! Did you watch Modern Family too? I know you and B were enjoying those commercials. Curious to see how the actual show measured up.

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    Mark says:

    Cougar Town has its bright spots, but Modern Family has won me. I know what I like and what makes me laugh (and am frequently right about both!). I agree with you that the cast of Modern Family meshed immediately, and there is plenty of plot development potential for the writers to work with. Hope this show makes the cut.

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      Rae says:

      Mark! Long time no talk! I feel the same about Modern Family. And luckily, it HAS made the cut! At least for now. It’s already gotten a full season pick-up so, as long as it continues to do well, it should be around for awhile.