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Gone Too Soon: Sons & Daughters

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 12th 2009 5:03PM
Sons & Daughters
ABC has a certified hit with their big sprawling look at an American Modern Family. But this isn't their first foray into a big family sitcom. In 2006, they aired a partially improvised comedy about a big, sprawling American family.

Sons & Daughters was barely on a month, but it sunk its talons into me and still hasn't let go. With mostly improvised dialogue, there was something very honest about the language they spoke, complete with the stammers and stutters that make up real conversation. The show was honest, heartfelt and funny. And with a massive cast, it felt like we were constantly on the verge of total chaos somewhere.

It looks like Sons & Daughters was ahead of its time, hitting the air when Americans were touting the sitcom as a dying format. Goss needed to hold out until this season, somehow. Now we're taking a hard look at the sitcom again, and finding that we do like it. It just has to be good. Sons & Daughters was good.

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How does Fred Goss REALLY feel?

by Joel Keller, posted May 16th 2006 6:51PM
Fred GossWant to know how Fred Goss REALLY feels about the cancellation of Sons & Daughters? Well, you could check out his blog on ABC.com -- while it's still up -- but you could just skip that and check out the blog he has set up on his MySpace page, where he's a bit more vocal about his situation. While he's upset that S&D is gone, he is still happy for the opportunity and informs readers that he and partner Nick Holly are developing shows for Touchstone. So, it's not like he burns any bridges here. But let's just say that he's not a big fan of According to Jim.

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Is Watros' new role good news for Sons & Daughters fans?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 21st 2006 7:07PM
Gillian VigmanA couple of days ago, we told you about the news that Lost's (and -- to me -- Titus' and Drew Carey's) Cynthia Watros has signed to be a "guest star" on the new Tom Cavanagh CBS sitcom, which for now is called My Ex-Life. But the important part of the story as far as I'm concerned is that Watros will be taking the place of Sons & Daugters' Gillian Vigman (pictured), who had signed on to the pilot deal as a second option, in case S&D got cancelled.

So here's the $64 question: Does this mean that S&D, one of my favorite shows of the season, is coming back? We don't know yet, but this Zap2It article speculates that becaue ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson is such a big fan of the show and he's had a history of unexpected pickups (just ask everyone on Jake In Progress), it might actually happen. So, S&D fans, keep your fingers crossed.

[via Pop Candy]

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Gillian Vigman of Sons & Daughters signed to new Cavanagh pilot

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2006 5:45PM
Gillian VigmanSigh. I knew Sons & Daughters was going to be an endangered show as soon as I saw the first episode. But I didn't realize the death knell would come so soon. According to Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Gillian Vigman, who plays Liz Walker on S&D, has been signed to the new CBS pilot that stars Tom Cavanagh.

(Indeed, this article from The Hollywood Reporter via AOL seems to confirm this.)

Of course, since the lovely and funny Vigman plays one of the main characters on S&D, it would appear this news signals the show's impending cancellation. Which sucks, of course: the show was just starting to hit its stride creatively. Or this could be one of those conditional signings, where she takes this job only if S&D is cancelled. But, either way, things aren't looking good, are they? Oh, well. Maybe one of the other pilots Fred Goss and Nick Holly are working on will have a better fate.

[Thanks to reader otmshank for breaking the bad news.]

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Sons & Daughters: House Party / The Homecoming

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2006 12:35AM
Sons & DaughtersI am so conditioned to seeing a 22-episode television season, that I keep forgetting that Sons & Daughters is now only one episode away from the end of its current run. Maybe it was the back-to-back airings that threw me, too. But the order was for only 11 episodes, and we saw numbers nine and ten tonight. But maybe it's just as well; the show's hitting its creative stride, and that is something that might have gotten blunted by having to fill 22 episodes. Maybe the Brits, with their limited series runs, have the right idea.

Anyway, both these episodes were very funny, and the second, "The Homecoming" was unexpectedly touching, as well.

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Subtle Subtitles

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 31st 2006 10:22AM
Last week's winners (yes, there wasn't one "last" week, so these are winners from the previous week):

1 star to Missy: "And here we have a scene from the Desperate Housewives fragrance release party..."
2 stars to CaptnCivilian: "Terrorist leader's voice on speaker: 'Now, wire the 200 million to my Swiss account *immediately*, or we'll just find out how much MORE of Edgar's nude calisthenics you can survive!'"
3 stars to zodzilla: "Jack over the speaker phone: SONOVABITCH!!! DAMMIT LYNN AND REDSHIRT, THERE IS NO MORE TIME FOR YOUR DARTH VADER IMPRESSIONS!!"


This week we've got a couple of very cool prizes to offer you (hah, as if stars weren't enough!) The first and second place winners for this week's entry will receive a Sons & Daughters poster, signed by the cast of the show, and an ABC branded shirt! So, of course, this week's shot comes from the latest episode of the show. Good luck!

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Sons & Daughters: Hospital Visit / Surprise Party

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 29th 2006 12:09AM
Fred Goss and Dee Wallace of Sons & DaughtersI was pretty down on Sons & Daughters last week, mainly because they aired two fairly laugh-free half-hours that were also short on the dramatic touches that have made this show one of the more unique programs on TV. But Fred Goss and company have come roaring back with two fine and funny episodes this week, each revolving around a singular event in the Walker extended family.

The "Hospital Visit" referenced by episode one's title occurs after some normal family strife and an argument with Cameron about her separation sends Colleen to the hospital with chest pains.  So all of a sudden, people that were being driven nuts by Colleen's passive aggression -- like Sharon, maybe? -- all of a sudden talk about what a saint she was. "I mean, when we came home from school, she'd have food for us to eat, and the power was always on..." Sharon says with a straight face. But the big event is that Colleen and Wendal, who can still bring in the buxom young bartenders, get back together after he rushes to her side.

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Sons & Daughters: Family Finance / Karaoke

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2006 12:37AM
Cast of Sons & DaughtersJust like in scripted comedy, episodes of improvised comedy can be hit or miss. Sometimes the hits and misses happen in the space of a single episode. That's what happened tonight's two episodes of Sons & Daughters. Both had their funny moments, but both also dragged in spots, but not because there were overly dramatic moments like there were last week. It's because the funny lines just didn't fly. And I think I can pinpoint the problem: Not enough Carrie.

Just kidding. I really did think, though, that I'd see more of her after the strong showing she had in the first two episodes. She really hasn't had much to do in any of the four that have aired since then, which is unfortunate. In fact, most of the supporting characters get the short shrift in both these episodes, with the possible exceptions of Don and Whitey. This is a problem; as much as I like Cam and Liz, they're probably the least interesting characters in the show. It's the "How I Met Your Mother dilemma": do you stay with the boring leads that you've built the stories around or go off and explore the more interesting people in their universe? Unfortunately, S&D is staying with it's central couple right now, and it's less funny because of it.

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The TV Squad Interview: Fred Goss and Nick Holly of Sons & Daughters

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 14th 2006 11:02AM
Fred Goss and Nick Holly of Sons and Daughters

For two guys who have never written for TV before, Fred Goss and Nick Holly are off to a fast start. Their new ABC comedy, Sons & Daughters, which airs Tuesdays at 9 ET, has been universally praised by critics (including me), and the first two episodes gave the network better ratings than it's had in that timeslot.

Goss, who also stars on the show as Cameron Walker, mostly had acting and editing credits before this project, most notably on the Bravo comedy Significant Others. Holly, believe it or not, was a literary agent who partnered with Goss to create this and other pilots. As they pitched their ideas around, demand for their services increased; an ABC executive actually pitched them the idea for this show, for instance.

There's a good reason for that, though: the show's improvisational style and realistic extended family dynamic have hit a nerve with everyone... including Arrested Development fans, of which Goss seems to be very aware. The AD issue and others came up last Friday as the two spoke to me by phone from their office in Los Angeles.

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Sons and Daughters coming in March

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 8th 2006 6:20PM

sons and daughtersThere may have been a time when the words "from Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels" were enough to get me excited about a show, but not so much anymore. Michaels is serving as executive producer for the upcoming ABC comedy Sons and Daughters from NBC Universal and Michael's Broadway Video Television. The series is being called a "hybrid comedy" meaning they took normal comedy and crossbred it with a soybean plant. Wait, sorry, actually the show will combine both scripted and improvised elements. The series will center on Cameron, played by series co-creator Fred Goss, as he deals with his second marriage, extended family, and stepchildren.

Here's the thing. I really like the idea of this show, but based on the "isn't this going to be a wacky show?" promos and paint-by-number characters (the hot chick likes bad boys but not nerds, stepchildren don't like their stepparents, etc) I'm afraid this might be just another forgettable sitcom. The concept is admirable, but even with the new approach I have the sinking feeling I've been here before.

The series premieres March 7.

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