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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 26 - October 2

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 27th 2011 10:10AM

Suburgatory - Wednesday September 28, 8:30PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC

A little bit 'Mean Girls,' a little bit 'Easy A,' this new sitcom goes for the fish-out-of-water gambit, when a single dad (Jeremy Sisto) pulls his precocious teen daughter out of Manhattan and settles them both in a suburban town where the social scene is even more broken. The father-daughter relationship is as warm and lovely as anything on 'Modern Family' and many of the jokes are just as funny. Plus Cheryl Hines is hilarious as a woman trying very hard to be Barbie.

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Happy Endings
- Wednesday September 28, 9:30PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC

I'm not sure anyone expected much of this mid-season replacement last year, but it's actually really funny -- and natural. The show is back until 'Cougar Town' returns in January, and now that it's trailing Emmy monster 'Modern Family' maybe it'll get better ratings and more buzz.

How to Be a Gentleman - Thursday September 29, 8:30PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

Last year, this time slot was occupied by a show based on a Twitter account. This year, it's a show based on an etiquette manual. It's a odd-couple plot that pairs a magazine writer with a muscle-for-brains personal trainer. Weak plot for sure, but the cast is amazing, with Dave Foley, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Rhys Darby (the manager from 'Flight of the Conchords') in secondary roles. The leads are less impressive, to me anyway. David Hornsby ('Six Feet Under') plays the uptight guy, and Kevin Dillon ('Entourage') plays the bonehead.

Doctor Who - Saturday October 1, 8PM ET, Space

This is the finale of the second half of the sixth series of this rebooted series which proves something I think we've all suspected -- that there is an endless supply of pale, kind-of-creepy but nevertheless sexy actors in the UK. Enjoy this final hour, you Tardis-crazy freaks, because series 7 doesn't even start filming until February 2012.

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Jim Parks

Looking forward to both Suburgatory and Happy Endings.

September 28 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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