ABC has given an early renewal to The Middle for next season, the veteran comedy’s ninth. Earlier this month, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey revealed to Deadline that the network…
ABC has cancelled Trophy Wife along with the comedies Suburgatory, Mixology and The Neighbors. If you read my post last fall, Why Aren’t You Watching Trophy Wife?, who know how sad I am about this. This show was really funny. The best part was the character of Burt played by the Albert Tsai. He was so wonderful. In scenes with bigger stars he was a scene stealer on many occasions.
It’s definitely not a surprise that it got canceled. After series low 0.7 rating it got this past Tuesday, I knew it was done. It never got its fair shake at all. It was placed on Tuesday night in the 9 pm hour with The Goldbergs and no lead in. How did ABC expect it to survive? I will continue to carry on that if they had put The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife on Wednesday night with The Middle and Modern Family, those shows would have done way better in the ratings than they did.
Oh well, such are the ways of network television. I’ll just look forward to the rest of the unaired Trophy Wife episodes and to the future projects of all the cast members of this lovely show.
On TV this packed Wednesday: The Revolution continues on a new night, The Middle goes on a Heck of a trip, Back in the Game throws its first pitch, SVU saves Benson, Criminal Minds heads west, high school causes Modern Family problems, Nashville cues up a coma, CSI follows Russell’s lead and a South Park kid infiltrates the NSA. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Revolution (NBC) | Season 2 premiere: Rachel runs into someone important from her past, Charlie goes on a mission in the Plains Nation, and Neville and Jason search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. (Read our preview, get scoop and more scoop!)
8 pm The Middle (ABC)| Season 5 premiere: The entire family travels to help Axl move into his college dorm. What could go wrong?
8:30 pm Back in the Game (ABC) |
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What’s a great gift for my birthday today? More and more premieres. Woooo. My dvr is cursing at me right now from all the things its taping.
8/7c – ABC – The Middle – Season 4 Premiere. Frankie’s plans to recreate the magic of her own childhood summers get spoiled when Mike lets it slip that Axl is his favorite Heck child, and Frankie tries to coax the kids into telling them who their favorite parent is. Meanwhile, when Frankie and Mike discover that Axl failed English during the past school year, they force him to make it up in summer school, otherwise he could jeopardize any chance of getting a college sports scholarship after graduation; Brick takes up growing a tomato for his summer project; and Sue tries to bond with a reluctant Mike and to get him involved in different activities with her — which she plans to document in a giant scrapbook.
9/8c – CBS – Criminal Minds – Season 8 Premiere. When a Texas prisoner escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with his unique trademark, sewing their mouths shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the UnSub “The Silencer.” While they investigate who he was and who he’s become, the BAU also gets to know the newest member of the team.
9/8c – NBC – Law & Order: SVU – Season 14 Premiere. The squad is reeling from the fallout after Cragen gets arrested for the murder of an escort. Tensions run high at the precinct as the detectives contend with the DA’s investigation of Cragen, as well as the arrival of a tough new captain. Brian Cassidy reads an increasingly narrow line as an undercover cop in Bart Ganzel’s escort organization, as Detective Amaro struggles with the case and his marriage.
9/8c – ABC – Modern Family – Season 4 Premiere. Jay’s birthday is upon us again and, as before, he makes it well-known that he wishes to keep it as low-key as possible, with no grand gestures or surprises. But leave it to the family to miss the mark yet again! Phil takes Jay on a very unconventional fishing trip with his buddies, and Gloria struggles with how to break the pregnancy news to him. Meanwhile, Dylan moves into the Dunphy household temporarily, and Mitch and Cam decide to look into adopting a cat as they continue to cope with their failed attempt to adopt another child.
9:30/8:30c – ABC – The Neighbors – Series Premiere. Marty, in hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, recently bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated New Jersey townhome community with its own golf course. It’s clear from day one that the residents of Hidden Hills are a little different. The Weavers soon learn that the entire community is comprised of aliens from Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears. They are awaiting instructions from home, and the Weavers are the first humans they’ve had the opportunity to know. The two worlds collide as everyone discovers they can “totally relate” and learn a lot from each other.
10/9c – CBS – CSI – Season 13 Premiere. Russell’s granddaughter was kidnapped in last season’s finale cliffhanger and now he leads the CSI team on a hunt to find her.
10/9c – ABC – Revenge: The First Chapter – Catch up on the show before Season 2 starts up on Sunday September 30. This would be good to watch if you have forgotten what happened or are new to the show.
10/9c – Comedy Central – South Park – Season 16 Premiere. As a concerned parent, Randy radically changes the way football gets played at South Park Elementary. The new version of the game quickly becomes the nation’s most popular sport. One gifted student emerges as a star athlete in Sarcastaball.
10:30/9:30c – Comedy Central – Key & Peele – Season 2 Premiere. The guys continues to tackle issues like race relations in a less than “post-racial” society and focus on culturally relevant characters such as Steve Jobs and the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson in this hilarious sketch comedy show.
The Middle – ABC 8/7c – Season 3 finale. Mike’s brother, Rusty (Norm Macdonald), invites the Hecks to his wedding, but lists their address as the location of the ceremony; Brick isn’t allowed to go to a party that falls on the same day of the wedding.
American Idol – FOX 8/7c – Season 11 finale. A season of amazing talent boiled down to this night. Who will be the next American Idol? Will it be the musical artist, Philip Phillips or the big voice, Jessica Sanchez? Last season’s winner, Scotty McCreery and Rihanna perform. This might also be judge Jennifer Lopez’s last episode as she is trying to decide if she wants to stay on any longer. I’m sure she will because they’ll throw a ton more buckets of money at her to keep her on the show.
Modern Family – ABC 9/8c – Season 3 finale. While Gloria helps Cam and Mitch pursue an adoption opportunity, Jay and Manny baby-sit Lily; Alex attends her first prom; Haley makes a shocking announcement about her plans for the future. This season has been a mixed bag of nuts. There have been some great episodes and then some lackluster ones but regardless of all that it’s still one of the best comedies on tv.
Don’t Trust The B- In Apartment 23 – ABC 9:30/8:30c – Season 1 finale. June tries to keep up with Chloe and her party lifestyle; James loses it when he finds out that Dean Cain has a bigger dressing room than he has. I like this show. It did get better than the pilot. It’s still not better than Happy Endings but I’m ok with that.
Revenge – ABC 10/9c – Season 1 finale. With the end in sight, Emily fearlessly pushes forward, closing in on the final phases of her plan for revenge, while the Graysons continue their downward spiral into the rabbit hole of self-destruction. But a big, explosive event leaves much hanging in the balance, courses are altered and even more is left in question. For all the stops and breaks that this show took, this finale better be the best one EVER. No matter what, I’ll still be back for next season.
Law And Order: SVU – NBC 10/9c – Season 13 finale. The team must go with caution when an underage escort is found dead at a wild bachelor party with high-profile people in attendance; Brian Cassidy (Dean Winters), a former SVU detective who is working under, helps Benson and Amaro investigate. I haven’t watched this show at all this season since Stabler (Christopher Meloni) left. I heard its been pretty good though.
YES!!! ABC has given a full season pick ups to Revenge and Suburgatory. I love both of these shows. Revenge is just a great soap a la Desperate Housewives when that show was still good. Emily VanCamp is great. The story is also really good. It just keeps moving and hooks you from the beginning. It answers questions but also leaves you guessing and wanting more. Suburgatory is also a great show. It’s on ABC’s wonderful Wednesday comedy block with The Middle, Modern Family, and Happy Endings. The cast of this show is hilarious. Its quirky, funny, and so witty. This was pretty much a no brainer for ABC. Revenge has been consistently beating CBS’ former powerhouse, CSI, in their time slot and Suburgatory debuted to pretty decent ratings and has kept those viewers. If you haven’t watched any of these shows, get on it. They really are quite good.
ABC was in another good mood when they ordered more scripts for Happy Endings. It doesn’t mean the show has been picked up for the season but it bodes well for the series. Hopefully it does get picked up because the show is pretty funny. Pretty much everything on ABC on Wednesdays is good. Just watch the whole lineup.
Wednesdays are chock full of stuff to tickle everyone’s fancy. A lot is premiering tonight. Lots of scripted and reality shows to watch. More inside.