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Even better

Way back in December I was celebrating the return to television of the dramady Ed.


I had fond memories of the Gilmore Girls-esque show,  but the real thing is so much better than I remembered.

I smile the entire time I watch it, which I really appreciate right now.

Thanks Tom Cavanagh and Julie Bowen. And Michael Ian Black. And Justin Long.


Ed is back!

Do you remember the television series Ed?


It was on NBC 2000-2004.

Tom Cavanagh played Ed,  a lawyer that returns to his hometown after a bad divorce to run a bowling alley.  Julie Bowen (Modern Family) was his new love interest,  comedian Michael Ian Black played a coworker and Justin Long a local high school kid.

It had the charm and quirkiness of Gilmore Girls, and I loved it. I’ve wondered through the years why it wasn’t syndicated on some cable channel.

Wait’s over.

Ed is coming to the UP network weekdays on January 10th!

I am pumped.

Chosen family

Yet another perk of living in New York City…

You get to hang out with the cast of Modern Family on a rainy Monday night.

I wasn’t quite as close as the photo implies.  This pic was taken backstage at Inside the Actors Studio.  Sofia Vergara posted it on Twitter soon after the taping was complete.

It shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Vergara, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen — everyone but Ed O’Neill, who also appeared on the show.  (Perhaps he took the photo.)

In the Actors Studio tradition, host James Lipton spoke to each person individually to start the program.  While they come from varied backgrounds, as a group they are extremely well-educated, and a few came to acting a bit later in life.

But the room really started rockin’ when they spoke of their time together on the show.  There were pats on the back, hugs, and loving looks. They seemed embarrassed by praise.  They made fun of each other.  They showed lots of clips.  Heck, someone even did a dance.

Family get-togethers are like that sometimes.

And it was a family on that stage.  Even from my seat in the balcony, that was abundantly clear.

Inside the Actors Studio featuring the cast of Modern Family airs on Bravo June 6th.  I highly recommend it.


Dynamic duos

Ricky and Lucy.  Ross and Rachel.  Sam and Diane.   Every generation has had its seminal TV couple.  But not today.

We gots all kinds of ’em!

Thanks to a really strong lineup of sitcoms — and dramas, too — the current television landscape boasts multiple couples with great chemistry, fun banter, and unconventional relationships.

Do I have favorites?  You betcha!  (Thanks for asking.)

Here are my 2011 Top Five TV Couples:

No. 5Sheldon and Amy, The Big Bang Theory — Call them the ‘uncouple’.  They don’t like to spend too much time together, preferring to Skype.  The terms ‘girlfriend’ and ‘boyfriend’ offend their sensibilities.  And the only kiss they have ever exchanged was more scientific experiment than sexual act.  But their pairing has added a spark to the already smoking nerd fest that is TBBT. Long live Shamy!

No. 4:  Jack and Liz, 30 Rock — We’ve all had that work colleague who is more than a friend.  But in the fantastical world that is 30 Rock, Liz and Jack’s more-than-a-friendship mentor-ship blurs the lines in bizarre, often disturbing, always hilarious ways.  Heck, they even got married by accident.  If I had a nickel…

No. 3:  Castle and Beckett, Castle — This may be a TV drama, but anyone who watches Castle knows this police procedural is sprinkled with a heavy helping of funny, thanks to Nathan Fillion’s take on its namesake.  And his chemistry with Detective Beckett is as Sam and Diane as it gets on TV today.  Will they?  Won’t they?  When?  Hurry up already!

No.2:  Ben and Leslie, Parks & Recreation — My favorite ‘newbie couple’ on TV today, Ben and Leslie are as positive and life affirming as those shiba inu puppies on the web cam.  I love their characters separately; I love the idea of them together even more.  Since the series is relatively young, I thought they’d keep us dangling like a worm on a hook in a lake in a park in Indiana. But did you see last night?  “Uh oh.”

And, last but definitely not least, my choice for the absolute bestest TV couple of 2011:

No. 1:  Claire and Phil, Modern Family — No couple on TV is funnier because no two actors are braver.  The Dunphys’ sexual exploits alone are worth a spin-off.  (Could they be more unsuccessful?  How did they have three children?)   This week’s episode “Bad Dog, Good Dog”  — featuring a brilliant parenting role switcheroo — was yet another tour de force for Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen.  They are, simply put, the very best on television today.

Emmy voters, mark your ballots.