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ABC Wednesday Night Premieres

September 24, 2009 - Brandi Bowers
Ok, so I purposely stayed home last night just to watch TV. Usually the only thing that gets me to do that is True Blood, but kudos to ABC for promoting their new Wednesday comedy night. I'm not sure about the rest of you, but at least for me, I can't remember the last time I had shows I actually wanted to watch on a Wednesday night.

The night started with two sitcoms, Modern Family & Cougar Town. I liked both of these for a couple reasons. One was the good collection of actors and actresses, who are actually good at comedy. Modern Family included Ed O'Neil (Married with Children) & Julie Bowen (Ed). Cougar Town included Courtney Cox (Friends), Busy Philipps (Freaks & Geeks), Christa Miller (Scrubs & The Drew Carey Show) & Ian Gomez (Felicity & The Drew Carey Show). These are the more well known actors and actresses, but both shows have even more talent, including the creators/writers of the shows.

Two was that the humor seemed just right for a good Wednesday night prime time comedy. There were laugh out loud parts instead of just some of the dry humor we're used to on other broadcast networks; yet, it wasn't vulgar, make your kids leave the room, humor either. I'm hoping that both of these shows stick around for a while.

The surprise for the night was Eastwick. I hadn't seen any television promotion for this, but I did catch wind of it on Facebook. It was more of a drama with some comedy mixed in, but it seemed to fit ok with the rest of the night. Eastwick stars Robecca Romijn, Lindsay Price, Jamie Ray Newman, Sara Rue & Paul Gross. It is a take on the 1987 movie, The Witches of Eastwick.

Some of you are probably thinking what my first reaction was, why did it take so long to make a television version of this movie? Well, I don't know for sure, but I will say that I do think it's good timing. With shows like Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer & True Blood opening the door for a show like this that mixes magic, monsters, comedy & drama. It actually reminds me of Desperates Housewives meets Charmed, but with a new twist.

So, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the shows from last night. Hopefully they will stay fresh & keep me entertained mid-week.


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