Tim Allen returns with 'Last Man Standing'
October 12th, 2011
03:13 PM ET

Tim Allen returns with 'Last Man Standing'

Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” was exactly what critics promised: a joke for joke, set design for set design, trope for trope revisit of the early ‘90s.

But while ABC's offering is reminiscent in oh-so-many ways of Allen’s former show, “Home Improvement,” it isn’t nearly as funny. There are laughs, but when you chuckle you’ll wonder how you could be so easy.

Allen plays Mike Baxter, a manly man who travels often for his job at an outdoor sporting goods store. He's also beyond cranky about the lack of real men in today’s world.

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NBC cancels 'Free Agents'
October 6th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

NBC cancels 'Free Agents'

New NBC comedy “Free Agents” is the second new fall series to get canceled, reports Entertainment Weekly. (NBC's "The Playboy Club" went first.)

The show’s star Hank Azaria confirmed the sad news today via Twitter:

“Thanks to NBC for giving us a shot, thanks to all who watched Free Agents, and thanks to all who worked on the show- we had so much fun!!”

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'How to Be a Gentleman' a major disappointment
September 30th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

'How to Be a Gentleman' a major disappointment

With CBS' new comedy, "How to Be a Gentleman," you have a cast best known for appearing in series like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Entourage," "24," "Flight of the Conchords," "NewsRadio" and "Kids in the Hall."

So it can't miss right?

Sadly, Thursday night's series premiere was the biggest letdown of the fall season so far, and a waste of what on the surface appeared to be the perfect companion to "The Big Bang Theory."

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'Suburgatory' is familiar, but funny
September 29th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

'Suburgatory' is familiar, but funny

If “Mean Girls” and “Easy A” had a network TV baby, it’d probably look something like “Suburgatory.”

ABC’s new comedy follows Manhattanite Tessa and her single dad George as they relocate from their city digs to the 'burbs after George finds an unopened box of condoms in his daughter's room. Tessa, whose own mom left as soon as the umbilical cord was cut, finds the surgically enhanced, Lady Gaga concert attending, mall trolling moms the most foreign.

Cue the oft-played joke of a pink sweater-and-pearls soccer mom rapping along to a song about being a gangsta. You’ve seen it before, but the deadpan delivery is what sells it in “Suburgatory.”

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Likable actors prop up ‘Hart of Dixie’
September 27th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Likable actors prop up ‘Hart of Dixie’

The new CW dramedy “Hart of Dixie” uses a formula that has succeeded previously on screens both big (“Doc Hollywood”) and small (“Northern Exposure”): A big city doctor who's fish-out-of-water in a quaint small town.

In the new show, Rachel Bilson plays Zoe Hart, a young doctor whose dreams of being a cardiothoracic surgeon are derailed by her emotionless approach to medicine, forcing her to head south to Bluebell, Alabama for a year as a general practitioner.

(Before we go any further, know that we’re going to mention one big spoiler. So if you haven’t watched yet and plan to, stop reading now.)

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What's the verdict on 'Terra Nova'?
September 27th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

What's the verdict on 'Terra Nova'?

It's been a very long journey for "Terra Nova," first announced by Fox in May of 2010, and then delayed a few times. It finally had its premiere Monday night with an episode that reportedly cost $10 to 20 million (later episodes are estimated to be closer to $4 million).

So, after all the hype, how was it? For starters, that money is definitely there on the screen. Terra Nova, the place itself, is breathtaking. In its own way, the dystopian future we see at the beginning of the show is as well. There's no doubt "Terra Nova" should be up for Emmys next year for visual effects and art direction. [The discussion on "Terra Nova" is continuing over on CNN's Geek Out blog.]

To my surprise, I found that I really cared for the Shannon family, who journey back 85 million years in time as part of a lucky group of settlers who get to "start over" and build a new society, since earth is on its last legs.

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