Comedy Quickies: April 13/14

It was a busy week! On the docket: Modern Family, Happy Endings, Breaking In, Workaholics, Community, The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Modern Family

I love Claire, I love when she’s mad and flustered and uncomfortable. Julie Bowen is flat out hilarious. Watching her drive around reminiscing about her time in college while trying to talk Hayley into going was fantastic, even better was us knowing what was on the outside of the van when all the men were honking on both sides. Best was Claire starting out furious but then backing down with satisfaction when she heard that most of the calls were for the “hot blonde”. Of course Phil wouldn’t think that through, or even actually check to make sure the van looked right after he got it covered. – S

Loved the van. My favourite moment was Phil’s phone conversation with the potential John. Who knew an MLS listing could sound so dirty?! The Cam and Mitchell plot this week bored me. It’s funny to see Cam freak out and Mitchell step in as the supportive boyfriend, but the audience has seen this same storyline played out countless times already. Characters need to evolve to stay interesting. I was glad to see Jay making an effort to take Gloria’s advice. While he will never be a sappy show-your-love kind of guy, he’s making progress towards being a better family man. I like that. – B

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Comedy Quickies April 6/7

Comedy Quickies for April 6/7 including: The Big Bang TheorySecret Diary of a Call Girl, and new shows Breaking In and Workaholics.

Breaking In

It’s not that I had overly high hopes about this show, but simply based on its premise I expected Breaking In to be a more cleverly crafted comedy. Instead of a tightly wound satire about quirky genius hackers, the show was an overly fast-paced hodgepodge of worn-out humour. Both the characters and the dialogue need more work before this show officially joins the ranks of the other Comedy Quickies shows. That said, I am willing to give the show a chance and see if it can become anything more than just a rejected Chuck script. – B

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TV Premieres Schedule, Spring 2011

There are so many great premieres scheduled for this spring. Here are the mid-season shows we are looking forward to. What are you excited to see? Let us know if we missed any of your favourite shows. We will continue to update this page as more premiere dates are announced.

March

March 6 – Breakout Kings, Season 1 (A&E)
This new series from the writers/producers of Prison Break promises to deliver an action-packed hour of TV each week. We’re still undecided about whether this show will make our must-see TV list, but we will definitely check out the series premiere.

March 24 – The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Season 2 (MTV)
Following the season finale of Jersey Shore, the well-endowed RJ Berger returns for a second season. This season will feature guest appearances by Paris Hilton, Weezer, and Vinny from Jersey Shore.

March 27 – Mildred Pierce, Miniseries (HBO)
Starring Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, and Melissa Leo, this adaptation of the James M. Cain novel set during the Great Depression is garnering a lot of buzz.

March 28 – Nurse Jackie, Season 3 (Showtime)
Our favourite pill-popping nurse returns. After Kevin and O’Hara stage an intervention, how will Jackie deal with the reality that her life is spiraling out of control?

March 28 – The United States of Tara, Season 3 (Showtime)
Tara goes back to college this season, and Eddie Izzard is her psychology prof. Also, look out for a new alter.

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