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Is 'Happy Endings' More Modern Than 'Modern Family'?

by Laura Prudom, posted May 11th 2011 3:30PM
Fair warning: I'm about to hit you with an unpopular opinion. And though I challenge the assertion that an unpopular opinion even exists on the Internet, overzealous melting pot of ideas and ideologies that it is, this disclaimer is my paltry attempt to avoid a comments section full of vitriol, mud-slinging and CAPS LOCK abuse. Because what I'm about to say certainly flies in the face of critical consensus.

So, Unpopular Opinion Alert: Not only do I think that ABC's midseason comedy, 'Happy Endings,' is funnier than 'Modern Family' (and a great majority of other comedies on air this year, for that matter), I also believe that it is a more accurate, modern representation of Western life than the show with 'Modern' in its title.

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A 'Wonder Woman' Show? Sure! Just Maybe Not David E. Kelley's

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 25th 2011 4:00PM
Wonder WomanThe world needs 'Wonder Woman.' Don't get me wrong -- there are plenty of butt-kicking women as part of ensemble casts and in legal and police dramas. But the TV landscape needs a star-spangled, bullet-deflecting warrior both to inspire viewers and create a rich fantasy world -- the best kind of TV show.

Do we need NBC and David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman,' though? Probably not.

As a big W.W. fan -- dating back to an obsession with the FX reruns of the Lynda Carter series and keeping current with the comic books -- a new show was a thrilling/terrifying idea. Then, I read Deadline Hollywood's description:

"[A] reinvention of the iconic DC comic in which Wonder Woman -- aka Diana Prince -- is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life."

After my mind shut down in shock for the entire weekend, I've collected my thoughts and present them below.

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