There's something out there that not even light can escape, where not even the most seasoned actor can guide a show into strong enough ratings to be renewed for a second season. Where not even the blaze of the strongest sun can provide enough warmth for a show to survive. That seems to be the case with Modern Family.
I was rooting for How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life) to be successful due to Sarah Chalke. I have been a big fan of hers since her days on Scrubs. She's a fantastic comedic actress that really learned the ropes early on a popular sit-com when she replaced Lecy Goranson as Becky on Roseanne. Alas, not even she could escape this: the show was canceled before its first season even completed its run. Suburgatory wasn't canceled, but after this past season, it jettisoned Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee, which reduces the show to dwarf star status (yes, it's astronomy humor - just go with it).
This seems to continue a trend: Happy Endings and Don't Trust The B in Apartment 23, both really smart and funny shows that never got the audience appreciation that they deserved, both aired after Modern Family initially. Sadly, the Krysten-Ritter-led Apartment 23 choked worse than her character Jane on Breaking Bad and found itself canceled despite including the awesomeness that was James Van Der Beek. Happy Endings made it to another time slot, but even that was not enough to save it.
What is it that brings about these poor ratings? Is it because their lead-in is such a great and popular show that anything that is viewed as being lesser than it is left behind? Or do people just want to see Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara and then switch off the television regardless of what is on next? ABC needs to figure out what is going on, pronto. Otherwise the space following it will continue to be an empty place devoid of loyal followers.
The latest to try her hand is Rebel Wilson. Unfortunately, her show Super Fun Night has been critically panned. Its premiere got somewhat decent numbers, but it remains to be seen if it can become a stronger show that can take that slot immediately after Modern Family. Wilson's got quite the uphill climb, but perhaps one day there will be a success story that can compete with its stronger lead-in. Of course, that might mean that science is broken, since nothing escapes a black hole...
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New mum Kristen Bell, James Van Der Beek and John Legend's fiancee Chrissy Teigen are among the stars who have been honoured by Us Weekly magazine at the Hot Hollywood Style Awards. Each year editors at the U.S. publication select the best-dressed celebrities in the business, and now 17 stars have been celebrated for their fashion sense, among them actress Bell, who was named The Minimalist after insisting she likes to keep her looks "simple".
Former Dawson's Creek star Van Der Beek, who looks to his wife for advice, was branded The Guy's Guy and model Teigen earned the crown for The Subtle Siren.
She says, "I want to look classy, but sexy. If I go shorts on the bottom, I try to have a billowy stop."
Actress Mindy Kaling, who loves "colour, rhinestones and patterns", earned the title of The Bold One and former Scrubs star Sarah Chalke was named The Accessories Ace, explaining, "My favourite thing is to explore vintage flea markets for jewellery."
Others to make the list included The Office's Ellie Kemper and The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki.
Hopefully by now your DVRs have recovered from all the use they got during the whirlwind of May finales, so now all that's left to do is sit back, and wait for fall (because, let's face it, summer TV shows really just can't compare). And while the next few months are sure to be somewhat grueling, dedicated TV junkies can take comfort in knowing we don't have to completely go cold turkey.
The big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW) have graciously released several trailers for upcoming pilots, giving viewers a taste of what's to come next fall. So just in case you missed a few during the Upfronts craze a few weeks back, Hollywood.com has provided a variety of must-see clips from the various networks to help determine which shows you plan on tuning in for when fall premiere season comes around. So without further ado...
The series is an upcoming American musical drama, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, who play two country singers looking to pursue their dreams in the music business.
The show follows the story of the crew of a rogue nuclear submarine and features an all-star cast that includes Andre Braugher, Bruce Davison, The OC's Autumn Reeser and Felicity's Scott Speedman.
666 Park Avenue
This show looks to be a supernatural freakout that stars Lost alum Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams as a devilish married couple.
Next: More ABC Fall Pilots.
The half-hour show will center on Reba McEntire's character, who moves from Nashville to Malibu, Calif. in an attempt to resurrect her music career, after discovering her rock-star husband was cheating on her.
In hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, Marty (played by Lenny Venito) move out to a New Jersey gated community called Hidden Hills, where they realize that their neighbors are...well...a little different.
How to Life with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
In case you couldn't tell by the title alone, this new comedy stars Sarah Chalke as a single mom who moves back in with mom and dad...possibly forever.
This show will follow the story of Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) who puts his own dreams on hold in order to take over his family's handyman business from his father.
The series stars Radha Mitchell as Marta Walraven, a housewife from Northern California, who must continue her deceased husband's work in organized crime in order to protect her family.
This show will revolve around White Vincent (Michael Nyqvist), the editor of a skeptics magazine, as he's pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.
Love has never been so complicated...
Next: NBC Fall Pilots.
The New Normal
Ryan Murphy serves up a brand new comedy that centers around two gay dads and a baby mama. Oh yeah, this one's a must-see.
Matthew Perry will star as a cheeky sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and finds comfort from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions. Could we BE anymore excited?
Justin Kirk stars as Dr. George Coleman, an animal-loving veterinarian who despises the pet owners.
The series picks up 15 years after the world loses all different forms of electricity (TVs, phones, lights, planes, what have you) and shows you how humans have adjusted. But the big question still remains: why did this happen?
Guys With Kids
This show, created by Jimmy Fallon, stars Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger as three thirty-something-year-old men who must deal with being fathers despite having not grown-up yet themselves.
Next: CBS Fall Pilots.
This show is a period drama which takes place in the 1960s and is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb — a rodeo cowboy-turned-longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas. Giddy-up!
The series follows the story of two best friends, Charlie (David Krumholtz) and Louis (Michael Urie), whose friendship seems to reflect that of a weird married couple. Plus, it comes from the creators of Will & Grace.
Made In Jersey
Starring Janet Montgomery, this legal drama centers around a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her colleagues at a top New York law firm.
This show is a contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) and his partner Watson, who's now a lady and played by Lucy Liu.
Next: FOX Fall Pilots.
The Mob Doctor
Former My Boys star Jordana Spiro is heading back to Chicago for this mob drama as a young thoracic surgeon who’s forced to juggle her career and her life-long debt to the South Chicago mob.
Kevin Bacon stars as an ex-FBI agent, Ryan Hardy, who’s hot on the trail of a master serial killer (James Purefoy), who has created a cult of serial killers which must also be stopped.
The Mindy Kaling Project
This show stars Mindy Kaling as an unlucky-in-love doctor, dealing with the daily work-life balance. It's probably no Office, but it might just be the next best thing.
Ben & Kate
The story mostly focuses on the relationship between two siblings: Ben (Nat Faxon) and Kate (Dakota Johnson), who happen to be polar opposites (think freewheeling brother meets uptight sister).
The Goodwin Games
The comedy stars Becki Newton (of Ugly Betty fame) and Scott Foley (of Felicity) as a brother and sister whose father left his fortune to them under some (presumably) steep terms.
Next: CW Fall Pilots.
The Carrie Diaries
AnnaSophia Robb will star as New York's most popular fictional style-icon, Carrie Bradshaw, who struggles with everyday teenage life in Connecticut -- until she meets her "first love", Manhattan.
Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen, who is just your average, everyday billionaire playboy until he survives a violent shipwreck and re-emerges as The Green Arrow.
Beauty and the Beast
This will be a contemporary reboot of the 1980s series, starring Smallville's Kristin Kreuck as Detective Catherine Chandler, and Jay Ryan as Vincent — a presumed-dead doctor who gets a little beastly when he's mad.
Former Vampire Diaries star Matt Davis will play an investigative reporter Jeff Sefton, who goes from a no-nonsense blogger to a full-out investigator when his brother mysteriously goes missing.
Mamie Gummer (you've probably heard of her mother, Meryl Streep) will star as Emily Barnes, a fresh out of med school intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, who soon learns that hospital life is remarkably similar to high school — where she was a certified nerd.
2012 Fall TV Pilots
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