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Mario Batali May Know More About 'Suburgatory' Than Cheryl Hines (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 7th 2011 7:10PM
Mario Batali may be a 'Suburgatory' super-fan. With star Cheryl Hines a guest on 'The Chew' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) the celebrity chef gushed about how much he's enjoying the absurdist suburban comedy, and updated Hines on some tune-in info about her own show that even she wasn't aware of.

"It's always nice to see that the suburban world is a little artificial, as I might imagine," Batali observed, after Hines described the many fake aspects of her character Dallas. "I noticed that they added yet another opportunity to view it," he continued. "Last night at 9:30 they started the series again from the pilot, so on Tuesday nights at 9:30 you can view it and Wednesday nights at 8:30 for the original, right?"

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Top 11 in '11: TV's Funniest Women

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 30th 2011 12:00PM
tv's 11 funniest ladies in comedyThis has been a banner year for women in TV. Two new female-fronted comedies, 'New Girl' and '2 Broke Girls,' broke out of the fall pack, and hilarious females continued to steal scenes on veteran shows like 'Community' and 'Cougar Town.' And who can forget Melissa McCarthy's triumphant victory at the Emmys?

To celebrate the Fabulous Female Laff Riot of 2011 (bear with us: that's only a working title), AOL TV is counting down the Top 11 women in TV comedy.

But first, a programming note: please try not to freak out when you don't see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on the list. They belong to the Hall of Fame, and our list is devoted to those witty women who have come into their own during the last year.

Click "Launch Gallery" to see the full list.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on the 'Sons of Anarchy' and the Ladies of 'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and 'Suburgatory'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 23rd 2011 12:30PM
Once again, Ryan McGee and I have recorded two podcasts for your listening pleasure.

In the first podcast, we talk about what we're digging about three lady-centric shows: 'The Good Wife,' 'New Girl' and 'Suburgatory.' As I said in a piece I posted earlier today, which re-examines several shows that debuted this fall, 'Suburgatory' has taken a big leap forward in quality and tonight's Thanksgiving episode is well worth a look.

We also did a separate podcast delving into Tuesday's shocking episode of 'Sons of Anarchy,' which I wrote about here.

Running times for the first podcast are below.

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Whoops! Changing My Tune on Fall's 'Best' and 'Worst' New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 23rd 2011 10:00AM
Reviewing television isn't like reviewing any other form of entertainment: Every show on the air is a work in progress and can go from good to bad (and vice versa) in a matter of weeks.

Assessing debut episodes is especially tricky, given that they have so much to accomplish and not a lot of time for all that set-up. Still, earlier this year, I felt confident enough about what I'd seen to make lists of the season's most promising and least promising new shows.

Did those judgments hold up? Did those shows fall on their faces after promising debuts, or get a lot better after wobbly pilots? Both things happened, as you might have guessed.

Below, I take a second look 'Grimm,' 'Ringer' and 'Once Upon a Time,' in addition to several other new shows, and I pay special attention to the ABC comedy 'Suburgatory,' the most improved program of fall's freshman class.

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The Situation Lands 'Suburgatory' Role, 'True Blood' Adds Series Regular and More Casting News

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 15th 2011 7:30PM
the situation on suburgatoryCiao Seaside! The Situation is leaving the shore and headed to the suburbs.

Our favorite juicehead gorilla, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will guest-star on ABC's hit new comedy 'Suburgatory,' reports TV Guide.

The Situation will play himself, and we can't wait to see him and Noah (Alan Tudyk) compare tans. The 'Jersey Shore' star will somehow end up in the suburbs, where he'll serve as the fist-pumping DJ at Tessa's (Jane Levy) school dance.

Sorrentino's acting debut will air sometime next year.

In other casting news ...

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ABC Gives 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Last Man Standing' & 'Happy Endings' Full Season Orders

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 4th 2011 7:15AM
Snow White and Prince CharmingThe fall has been kind to ABC; after recent full season orders for 'Revenge' and 'Suburgatory,' the Alphabet network is doubling down with pickups for two more of their freshman series, fantasy drama 'Once Upon a Time' and Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing.'

Though 'Once' has only aired two episodes so far, it's already the highest-rated new drama of the season, managing an average 12.3 million viewers and a robust 4.0 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demo. Allen's male-skewing comedy has seen some audience erosion since its premiere, but it's still performing well on Tuesday nights (12.7 million and a 3.7 demo), where ABC had previously struggled to make an impact.

Sophomore comedy 'Happy Endings' has seen series-high ratings in recent weeks, and finally seems to be catching on with viewers in its post-'Modern Family' slot, which has earned it a full 22 episodes. (Ah-mah-zing!)

Bad news for 'Pan Am' and 'Man Up' though ...

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Ana Gasteyer Gets 'Suburgatory' Promotion, 'True Blood' Cast Expands and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2011 7:10PM
SuburgatoryAna Gasteyer is extending her stay on 'Suburgatory.'

According to EW, the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran has been upped from a recurring guest star to series regular for the rest of the season.

Gasteyer plays Sheila Shay, George and Tessa's neighbor, on the new hit ABC comedy. The actress described her character as a "well-intended nightmare."

Look for more of Sheila's good intentions to backfire in upcoming episodes.

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ABC Comedies Hit Series High Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 3:30PM
Happy Endings Ratings HighIt's ah-mah-zing what a little World Series rain delay can do for shows on other networks.

'The Middle,' 'Suburgatory' and 'Happy Endings' all reached ratings highs thanks to a distinct lack of new episodes across the other major broadcast networks.

'The Middle' attracted 10.2 million viewers and had a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Freshman comedy 'Suburgatory' had a 3.4 18-49 rating and dipped a bit in total viewers to 9.8 million. A 'Modern Family' rereun did 11.4 million viewers and a 4.4 rating and a new 'Happy Endings' episode was watched by 8.3 million viewers with a respectable 3.5 rating.

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Your Favorite TV Shows Celebrate Halloween (PHOTOS)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 23rd 2011 7:30PM
'Happy Endings' does Halloween!Halloween is just a week away, and the stars of your favorite TV shows are all dressed up and ready to go!

We've already given you some fun how-tos for TV-inspired costumes, but your favorite TV characters have a few more clever tricks and treats to feast your eyes on.

From 'Community' to 'Modern Family,' 'The Simpsons' to 'Happy Endings,' 'The Middle,' 'The Office' and more, click through this spooktacular gallery for some awesome Halloween episode teases.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 24-30

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 23rd 2011 2:30PM
Marshall and LilyMONDAY, OCTOBER 24

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The gang begins to realize their romantic partner reminds them of one of their parents. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of bad events. Wayne Brady guest-stars as Barney's brother and Frances Conroy guests as their mother.

'2 Broke Girls' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
Caroline tries to build a Murphy bed for herself in Max's apartment, and the chemistry between Max and Johnny (Nick Zano) heats up.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
Zoe discovers something shocking about the local minister (guest star Peter MacKenzie) and his wife (guest star Kerry O'Malley), causing quite a stir among the residents of Bluebell. Lemon is determined to find the funds to renovate the town's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but first she is put in the extremely awkward position of having to convince Lavon to choose her proposal over so many other worthwhile submissions.

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Ana Gasteyer Talks About the Improvisational Energy on 'Suburgatory' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 19th 2011 5:30PM
ABC's new absurdist suburban comedy 'Suburgatory' derives some of its zany energy from improvisational comedy. As Ana Gasteyer told 'Access Hollywood Live,' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) many members of the show's cast got their start at The Groundlings theater and comedy school in L.A.

"It's a Groundlings jamboree," Gasteyer said. She, Chris Parnell and Cheryl Hines all got their start there, and Gasteyer explained that they're given the freedom to freelance while shooting. "Emily Kapneck is such an amazing writer who created 'Suburgatory,' and she's very cool about knowing those of us who have come from the background we have, and letting us play with it."

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ABC Orders Full Seasons of 'Revenge' & 'Suburgatory,' Additional 'Happy Endings' Scripts

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 13th 2011 5:10PM
Revenge Full SeasonAh-mah-zing news: ABC has ordered full seasons of 'Revenge' and 'Suburgatory,' and ordered six more scripts for 'Happy Endings,' according to TVLine.

'Revenge' has received a good amount of buzz and performed solidly in the ratings. Emily VanCamp stars in 'Revenge' as a young woman who sets out to take down the people responsible for framing her father of crimes he did not commit.

Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy star in 'Suburgatory,' a comedy about a single dad who moves his daughter to the suburbs to save her from city life. 'Suburgatory' has been holding on to almost all of the audience that tunes in to its lead-in show, 'The Middle.'

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Cheryl Hines Reveals the Inspiration for Her 'Suburgatory' Character (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 10th 2011 6:45PM
Cheryl Hines plays an over-the-top, crazy-eyed, 'Stepford Wives'-style supermom on the new absurdist suburban comedy 'Suburgatory.' She told the ladies of 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that she drew some inspiration for the character from her mother.

"I took a page from my mom," Hines said, pointing to her in the studio audience. "My mom always says you need a little glitz and glamor, and if you got it, flaunt it."

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'30 Rock' Taps James Marsden, Denise Richards for Guest Roles, Lizzy Caplan Joins 'New Girl' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:40PM
James Marsden, Denise Richards 30 RockDenise Richards is heading to '30 Rock.' According to E! Online, the actress will appear in the upcoming sixth season.

"So excited!! I'm going to be doing an episode of #30Rock! one of my favorite shows!!!!!" she tweeted.

James Marsden has also booked a '30 Rock' role. EW reports his role could be recurring, but NBC isn't revealing details. Could he be Liz Lemon's new lover?

Richards and Marsden join previously announced recurring guest star Will Arnett on the upcoming season of '30 Rock.' No premiere date has been given, but best guess is it'll show up on NBC sometime in the winter.

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Ana Gasteyer Describes Playing an 'Alpha Martha Mom' on 'Suburgatory' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 5th 2011 4:50PM
Ana Gasteyer is in the midst of a TV transition, going from playing Larry David's girlfriend on Season 9 of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to starring in the new surreal suburban comedy 'Suburgatory.' She went on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) to talk about the show and her character.

'Suburgatory,' shot in a single-camera style and without a laugh-track, kicks off when Jeremy Sisto's single-dad character finds a condom in his daughter's sock drawer and decides to move out of the city. Gasteyer plays one of his wacky neighbors who demonstrates pretty quickly that weirdness remains in full supply, even outside the city.

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