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Brooke Shields is set to appear on the situation comedy The Middle, ABC announced. In a guest appearance she will play the nemesis of main character Frankie, who is played by Patricia Heaton. 'Frankie fears that a confrontation with trashy neighbour Rita Glossner is at hand when Sue has a run-in with her sons,' the network said in a release Monday. Shields, 44, will also appear in the upcoming movies, The Greening Of Whitney Brown and Furry Vengeance. »
- Philippa Bourke
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (Comfort & Joy)
Disney, 1:30 Pm Et
A Town Without Christmas (Mistletoe & Mayhem)
Lifetime Movie Network, 8 Pm Et
Gotta Catch Santa Claus (Wacky Wonderland)
ABC Family, 8:30 Pm Et
A boy and his friends embark on a quest to prove that jolly old Saint Nick (William Shatner) is real. "It's jolly. It's jammin'."
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Link | Posted 12/14/2009 by reelz
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Repeat nominees are the rule of thumb at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the eligibility period is the calendar year—rather than the TV season, as is the case with the Emmys. So, new shows are traditionally given short shrift, as they've had only a few months of airtime, compared with the whole 12 of the returning series. But this year may be different, considering breakout shows such as "Modern Family," "The Good Wife," and "Nurse Jackie" have emerged as contenders."This has been an awfully good fall," says USA Today's TV critic Robert Bianco. "And I hope the trend would be that some of the new work from the summer and fall will be recognized this year." In addition to Bianco, Back Stage spoke with TV scribes Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly; Chris Beachum, contributor to TheEnvelope.com; and Barry Garron of The Hollywood Reporter to get their picks. »
What's the suburban equivalent of a lipstick jungle? Food-court forest? Mommy morass? Apron woods? Well, whatever you call it, Brooke Shields is making her way there in early 2010 via a guest appearance on ABC's The Middle. Shields is playing a neighbor-nemesis of Patricia Heaton's harried middle-class mom in an episode slated to air in January. "She's a single mother with four sons that terrorize the neighborhood," says an anonymous Middle man. "Everyone wants to stay on her good side. Patricia's character tries to keep the peace." Btw, after being pre-empted last week, The Middle returns with an original episode tonight. »
- Michael Ausiello
See a sneak peek in from the upcoming episode called "The Scratch" of ABC's "The Middle." The clip is called "Questioning" and the episode airs on November 18th. The series stars Patricia Heaton Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Chris Kattan, Peter Breitmayer, Brian Doyle-Murray, Frances Bay andJeanette Miller. Julie Anne Robinson directed the pilot for the Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Helin creation. Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero - not unless you count getting her kids out the door for school every morning as a superfeat. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. »
Chicago – When did “gentleness” first become “unhip” in children’s films? Practically every studio in America, with the exception of Pixar, feels the need to make their “all ages” entertainment as abrasive, dumb and crude as their escapism targeted at teens and simple-minded adults. What’s the difference between a picture like “G-Force” and “Transformers”? A handful of swears and a few excessive shots of Megan Fox’s midriff. Kids movies in America can get away with endless mean-spirited gags and bathroom humor, just as long as there’s a sticky moral tacked on to the end. The “Shrek” series flourished under this principle, and so does “Ice Age.”
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
Yet while DreamWorks has found financial success with multiple franchises (“Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda”), Blue Sky Studios still insists on focusing most of its moviemaking efforts on the decade-old premise of prehistoric creatures riffing through an arctic wasteland. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make a pit stop with country's finest when he appears as a presenter at the Nov. 11 Country Music Awards, the Nashville-based Cma tells People. Earnhardt is part of a round of presenters announced by the Cma for ceremony, which will air on ABC. Others include LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Julianne Hough, and nominees Randy Houser (for new artist and video of the year) and Jake Owen (for new artist), along with the network's Robin Roberts and the stars of ABC's Wednesday night comedy The Middle, Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn. Related: Dave Matthews & Kenny Chesney »
Check out new clips from ABC's "The Middle" as well as "Modern Family." "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn , Charlie McDermott , Eden Sher , Atticus Shaffer, Chris Kattan , Peter Breitmayer, Brian Doyle-Murray, Frances Bay and Jeanette Miller. Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Helin, the series airs on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Et. "Modern Family" stars Ed O'Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex and Rico Rodriguez as Manny. Jason Winer directed the pilot. The series is created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and airs on Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 p.m. Et »
See a sneak peek clip from the upcoming episode called "The Trip" from ABC's "The Middle." The comedy airs on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Et and stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn , Charlie McDermott , Eden Sher , Atticus Shaffer, Chris Kattan, Peter Breitmayer, Brian Doyle-Murray , Frances Bay and Jeanette Miller. Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero - not unless you count getting her kids out the door for school every morning as a superfeat. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. Frankie has a job selling cars at the town's only surviving car dealer; her husband, »
The last few years of television have shown us that the ratings darlings were either reality/competition shows, vast plots and casts where a suspension of belief were necessary, or the use of a microscope was employed… every week. Don’t call it a comeback, but times are a-changin’.
According to Variety, ABC has given full-season orders to Modern Family and Cougar Town, both sitcoms – “situation comedies” in case you’ve forgotten – revolving around normal, every-day characters and families dipped in abnormal circumstances. Even The Middle has scored enough viewership to convince the network to re-up and fortify its Wednesday comedy block, which has so far outperformed the same time slot from last year when the now-canceled Pushing Daisies and relocated Private Practice used to reside.
Is this a sign that sitcoms will once again return to prominence and dominate the airwaves? Possibly, however a case can be made for »
- Sal Loria
ABC picked up full seasons of its comedies Cougar Town, Modern Family, and The Middle late yesterday, just on the heels of CBS's pickup of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife. Can you handle ABC's love of the middle class? The possibilities for cross-promotion are endless. Patricia Heaton can guest-star on Modern Family and get into a talk-to-the-hand-ish fight with Sofia Vergara, all while Courteney Cox gives a hilarious mockumentary confessional about how everyone needs a drink. It all works out fine! Hehe! Man we miss you, Pushing Daisies. [Variety] »
Network comedies are an elusive thing. Most of them stultify. Few really hit on all cylinders and make someone laugh out loud. The prematurely axed "Testees" on FX was a daring and truly funny jaw-dropper of a comedy, yet never found an audience to keep it afloat. And don't even get me started on NBC's "Community." ABC reupped three of its four new fall comedies: the single-camera half-hours "Modern Family," "Cougar Town" and "The Middle." "Modern Family," a well-received new series by TV critics, and the Courteney Cox-starring "Cougar Town" have done well in the ratings tally. "The Middle," takes Patricia Heaton on a mid-life romp through all the predictable pitfalls of modern American middle-class life and parenthood. »
- April MacIntyre
Disney-owned ABC TV has handed full-season pickups to the single-camera half-hour situation comedies Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle. The 'mockumentary' Modern Family debuting September 23, 2009 was created by Christopher Lloyd/Steven Levitan, produced by Fox Television Studios. Premise follows the families of 'Jay Pritchett' (Ed "Married With Children" O'Neill), his daughter 'Claire Dunphy' (Julie Bowen) and his son 'Mitchell Pritchett' (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Claire is a homemaker mom in a traditional family, Jay is married to a younger woman, raising a pre-teen stepson, while gay Mitchell and his partner adopt an Asian baby. Cougar Town, also premiering September 23, focuses on a recently divorced woman (Courteney Cox), re-entering the 'dating scene', to embark on a journey to self-discovery surrounded by fellow divorcees. Created by Bill Lawrence/Kevin Biegel, produced by Coquette Productions, in association with ABC Studios, broadcast of the pilot episode garnered 11.28 million viewers. The Middle premiered September 30, starring »
Oh happy day! ABC has announced that it has ordered full seasons of three of its four new Wednesday comedies, including Modern Family, The Middle, and Cougar Town. News comes after the third airing of Modern Family and Cougar Town and the second episode of Patricia Heaton-led family comedy The Middle; all have performed well in the ratings, even against tougher competition last night. Noticeably absent from the pickups: Kesley Grammer's Hank, which kicks off ABC's new Wednesday night comedy block on Wednesdays. It's a vote of confidence for a genre that ABC hasn't had a lot of luck with until this season and very well deserved, especially for Modern Family, regarded by many--including this jaded writer--as the best new series of the season. News of the pickups quickly spread over Twitter this afternoon, following tweets from Modern Family's cast and crew.
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While they dipped in their third airing this week, the two shows continue to be solid anchors of ABC's all-new two-hour Wednesday comedy block in the 9-10 p.m. hour.
As for "Hank," the fourth piece of ABC's comedy block, there is no word on its future.
"Hank," starring veteran Kelsey Grammer, is the only multi-camera comedy among the foursome and has fared much worse than the others in critical response and in the ratings.
ABC is yet to »
- By Nellie Andreeva
ABC still has Wednesday's top comedies in Modern Family and Cougar Town, but each show in the Alphabet's comedy block was down week-to-week, according to early Nielsen estimates. Kelsey Grammer's Hank dropped 19 percent and Patricia Heaton's The Middle 22 percent from their premieres; meanwhile, Modern Family slipped 15 percent, and Cougar Town dipped 16 percent. Something the Alphabet should worry about: NBC's The Jay Leno Show topped Eastwick, which magically lost 20 percent of its audience. CBS won the evening with strong time slot performances by The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, and the chart-topping Criminal Minds and CSI: NY. »
- Mandi Bierly
The second Wednesday night of the official TV season saw the debut of two more ABC comedies — the Kelsey Grammer-led Hank at 8 p.m. and the Patricia Heaton-starring The Middle at 8:30 p.m. And you know what? Both won their time slots, besting shows such as NBC's Mercy, CBS comedies The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried, as well as Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and The CW's America's Next Top Model. Not a bad showing, but we'll see how they hold up in subsequent weeks. The two new ABC comedies that debuted »
- Tanner Stransky
Nearly every television journalist reviewing The Middle, starring Patricia Heaton, has compared the sitcom with its ABC lead-in tonight, Hank, starring Kelsey Grammer. It is no secret that the two headliners co-starred in a short-lived series awhile back called Back To You and the reviews are quick to make puns about how The Middle tops Hank and Kelsey Grammer will be returning Back To the unemployment line when his latest sub-Frasier sitcom foray is canceled mid-season (more on that later). But at Movieline, you get the truth, and the reality is that while Heaton's sitcom easily trumps her lead-in, The Middle is comfort food. It's a Stouffer's frozen entree in gently upgraded packaging, so as not to scare away the middle American family who relies on it for sustenance after a long day of work. »
Chicago – Just as Kelsey Grammer returns to familiarly snobby territory with “Hank,” his “Back to You” co-star Patricia Heaton returns to the life of the harried matriarch with “The Middle,” but the results are vastly different. Where “Hank” feels like a relic, “The Middle” updates the working mother for a new generation and mostly delivers.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
Not as daring as “Modern Family” but nearly as funny, “The Middle” works because of the fearlessness of its cast, primarily Heaton, who proves that she was just as essential an element to the success of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, or Peter Boyle. But, as “Hank” proves, one talented lead does not a sitcom make and “The Middle” has potential because of its interesting and diverse supporting cast and its often-clever writing.
Photo credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Sometimes playing like ABC’s version of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Since I dedicated a lot of time and brain cells to eviscera ting "Hank," it gives me some minor relief to say that Kelsey Grammer's "Back to You" pal Patricia Heaton has a far better comedy also premiering on Wednesday (Sept. 30) night. Since there are several thousand YouTube videos involving talented kittens and amorous pandas that are also better than "Hank," I don't want to damn "The Middle" with praise that faint. It's a decent family sitcom that plays, as the title suggests, right down the middle. Although it makes concessions to trendy industry preference by going single-camera, its »
- Daniel Fienberg
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