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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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Mark Consuelos Joins 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' Donal Logue Goes West and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 6:00PM
Mark Consuelos I Hate My Teenage DaughterMark Consuelos has booked a multi-episode arc on Fox's 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Consuelos will appear in at least two episodes as a new love interest for Jaime Pressly's main character.

Consuelos will play Spanish teacher Carlos Castillo who asks Pressly's character on a date after she enrolls in a community college course. 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' premieres Wed., Nov. 30 at 9:30PM on Fox.

In other casting news ...

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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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'Happy Endings' Hits Ah-Mah-Zing Ratings High

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 13th 2011 2:15PM
Happy EndingsBust out that invisible hula hoop dance because there's reason to celebrate: Wednesday's 'Happy Endings' was watched by a series high of 7.5 million viewers!

Aided by Megan Mullally's hysterical guest appearance as Dana Hartz, Penny's (Casey Wilson) mother, the show had a 3.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Things are looking good for the ABC comedy series.

'Revenge' was also up with 7.9 million viewers and a 2.7 rating. Meanwhile, 'Modern Family' had 13.4 million viewers, 'The Middle' had 8.8 million and 'Suburgatory' also brought in 8.8 million viewers.

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Exclusive: Megan Mullally and Casey Wilson Tease 'Happy Endings' Mother-Daughter Musical Number (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 11th 2011 11:35AM
Casey Wilson and Megan MullallyEvery now and then, a show pulls off a piece of familial casting so genius, so unavoidably obvious, that you may actually forget that the actors aren't related while you're watching. Such is the case with this week's 'Happy Endings,' which sees comedic whirlwind Megan Mullally guest star as Casey Wilson's perky mom, Dana.

"I say we're like the 'Gilmore Girls,' but we're better because we came first," Wilson enthused when a group of journalists caught up with her and Mullally on set.

"They wrote me a really amazing part," Mullally said. "She is just a very optimistic lady. And when Penny was a kid, they used to have a singing duo called 'Two Hartz Beat as One.'"

The mom and daughter double-act is an integral part of the episode, leading up to a musical number that ... may not exactly put 'Glee' to shame, but will almost certainly leave you crying with laughter. Not only was AOL TV on hand while Mullally was filming, we also scored an exclusive preview of the ladies strutting their vocal stuff to whet your appetite for the real thing. We don't think we're being hyperbolic when we say that it's entirely a-mah-zing.

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'Good Day LA' Interview With 'Happy Endings' Cast Gets Awkwardly Entertaining (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 10th 2011 7:45PM
'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) interviewed the cast of 'Happy Endings' in a segment that started out awkward and stayed right on track until the end. Gigi Graciette was on set with the gang and during introductions, referred to Damon Wayans Jr. as Damon Winans Jr.

"I'm actually CeCe Winans' son," he quipped. Steve Edwards, Jillian Barbarie and Lauren Sanchez, who were phoning in from the studio, laughed hysterically at Gigi's expense.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 10-16

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 10th 2011 2:00PM
Chace Crawford and Elizabeth HurleyMONDAY, OCTOBER 10

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)

Nate must decide whether to cross moral lines at Diana's (guest star Elizabeth Hurley) request. Dan has figured out who is publishing his book and seeks help to stop it, but he ends up in the spotlight anyway. Chuck helps Dan come to terms with his fate, while Dan continues to try to help Chuck break through his emotional block -- bromance alert!

'Five' (9PM ET, Lifetime) special telefilm premiere
An anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives, Five uses humor and drama to focus on the effects breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves. It's an undeniable tearjerker, but there's enough star-power in this earnest TV movie to light Manhattan: Directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Penelope Spheeris and Patty Jenkins, the cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Holloway, Taylor Kinney, Jennifer Morrison, Kathy Najimy and Tony Shalhoub, among numerous others.

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'Happy Endings' Season 2 Premiere Sneak Peek

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 27th 2011 11:35AM
Happy Endings Season 2 PremiereIf you're not hooked on the hilarity that is ABC's 'Happy Endings,' first you should probably get yourself to a retail establishment that sells DVDs and purchase Season 1 immediately. But after that, you should watch this sneak peek of the Season 2 premiere, which airs Wed., Sept. 28 at 9:31 PM ET on ABC, and try not to get hooked.

In 'Blax, Snake, Home,' the gang decides to take advantage of Alex and Dave's honeymoon suite a year after their aborted wedding. As usual, things go horribly awry. Watch AOL TV's sneak peek of the Season 2 premiere and try not to laugh. It might be impossible. This show is a-mah-zing.

And because we love you, check out AOL TV's interview with the cast about Season 2 over here, and get an early look at Megan Mullaly's guest spot below.

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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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Maura Tierney Heads to 'The Office,' Dan Byrd Moves to 'Surbugatory' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 26th 2011 6:15PM
Maura TierneyMaura Tierney is getting back in the comedy game. After playing some very drama-heavy roles on 'ER,' 'Rescue Me' and 'The Whole Truth,' the 'NewsRadio' veteran will guest star on an episode of 'The Office.'

According to Zap2It, Tierney will play Robert California's wife.

"I'm a big fan of hers," 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein told Zap2It. "I'm very excited."

So far she's only contracted for one episode, but maybe if we wish really hard she'll become a recurring character!

In other casting news ...

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 26 - Oct 2

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 25th 2011 2:00PM
Terra NovaNote: Premieres are still debuting, so I'd like to emphasize the "picks" portion of the title and remind you that I'm only spotlighting a selection of the week's most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)
series premiere
The long-awaited, super-hyped and mega-expensive sci-fi drama finally lands on Fox this week, but is it worthy of the buzz? Surprisingly, yes. Some of the dialogue is leaden and lord knows how many times we've seen the "obnoxious teenager" archetype on genre shows, but I have a certain fondness for "event" TV, and this action-packed premiere is engaging enough and sets up plenty of potential mysteries for the season ahead. Gather your whole family for the spectacle.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW) series premiere
Following the return of 'Gossip Girl,' this 'Everwood'-esque drama brings a little heart to The CW (pardon the pun) and gave me a serious case of the warm fuzzies. If you can get over the (admittedly large) hurdle of buying Rachel Bilson as a doctor, you'll probably appreciate its guileless, small town charm. Few shows can replicate the fond, nostalgic vibe that used to be The WB's stock in trade with shows like 'Gilmore Girls' and '7th Heaven,' so I'll admit that I'm kind of addicted. Whether it's more realistic than dinosaurs, though ... you'll have to draw your own conclusions.

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EXCLUSIVE 'Happy Endings' Season 1 Outtake & DVD Giveaway

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 20th 2011 10:00AM
'Happy Endings' is so damn funny. Have I mentioned that before?

(OK, you seriously don't know? Just a few examples of my 'Happy' praise here, here and here.)

While we're stuck waiting for Season 2 to premiere next week (Wed., Sept. 28, 9:30PM ET on ABC), all we can do is read about the fabulousness of Megan Mullally and Fred Savage coming to play, watch sneak clips and re-watch Season 1 (out on DVD today). Speaking of re-watching it, we're also giving away a copy to one lucky reader.

One thing you haven't seen? This deleted scene from one of the funniest episodes of Season 1, 'The Shershow Redemption,' featuring hilarious guest stars June Diane Raphael and T.J. Miller, as well as Penny's flaming fake fiance.

In "Cake Arrives Early," Brad and Jane's best-laid plans for their own renewal of vows overlap a bit with their old pal's less-than-stellar wedding. Shrimp for everyone! Don't mind the black groom/white bride on the cake ...

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Talking TV Podcast Takes On 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Happy Endings,' 'Alphas' and 'Awkward.'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:30PM
Things are ramping up on the podcast front as the fall season approaches. But before we're deluged with the comedies and dramas that premiere later in September, Ryan McGee and I thought we'd take another look at three shows that premiered earlier in the year, and one veteran that's returning for its fourth season.

We discussed 'Alphas,' the Syfy drama I recently re-reviewed here, in the first quarter of the podcast. Then we talked about 'Happy Endings' and 'Awkward,' both which I recently wrote about as well (and there's a bit of 'Wilfred' chat at the end of the comedy portion of the podcast). Finally, we moved on to a 20-minute (non-spoilery) discussion of the fourth season of 'Sons of Anarchy.'

The running times for the podcast are below.

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'Happy Endings' Cast Talks Season 2, Quotables & Dream Guest Stars

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 12:00PM
'Happy Endings' does for me what most shows can't: It makes me laugh out loud at least five times an episode. That sounds like it should be a quote on one of their billboards, but I can't help myself -- the cast is hysterical, the writing spot-on and the jokes perfectly inappropriate.

I gushed about it here and here, and I've even gotten my colleague Mo Ryan to love it*, too. (*OK, that's an exaggeration, but I at least helped shame her into giving it a second chance. I'm still set on reaching my ultimate goal: to get her to love it without laundry.)



I've been re-watching episodes online, patiently waiting for Season 1 on DVD (releases Tues., Sept. 20), but I'm greedy when it comes to good comedy. I want more.

So of course I couldn't wait to catch up with the cast -- Elisha Cuthbert, Zach Knighton, Casey Wilson, Adam Pally, Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr, as well as creator David Caspe -- at their Paley Center screening and panel last night. Check out the interviews after the jump for Season 2 stories, teases for new ah-MAH-zing character quotables, returning guest stars and a few big name celebs they wouldn't say no to either.

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Taking Another Look at ABC's 'Happy Endings'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 29th 2011 2:30PM
We're in the dog days of summer -- the brief calm period before the fall frenzy begins -- so I thought I'd use this week to take another look at shows I won't be able to pay much attention to when new programs begin rolling out in a couple of weeks.

First up is ABC's 'Happy Endings,' an ensemble comedy that premiered in the spring and returns Sept. 28. You could almost say it's a summer show -- ABC, in its infinite wisdom, randomly aired a new episode Aug. 24, because that makes a ton of sense. Yeeesh. Thanks for the freebie, ABC, but I mainly used Hulu and iTunes to catch up on the show's first season in recent days.

The verdict? Late in its debut season, 'Happy Endings' was far less shrill and better calibrated than it was when it first premiered, and I could see why it got renewed.

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