Thursday, December 5, 2013
By CHUCK BARNEY, McClatchy Newspapers
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This critic says “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” starring Andy Samberg, seated, and Andre Braugher, could be the best new comedy of the season.
Daniel Gillies, Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin in CW’s “Vampire Diaries” spinoff, “The Originals.”
"Trophy Wife" (9:30 p.m., ABC; Tuesday): A reformed party girl (Malin Akerman) marries an older man (Bradley Whitford), becoming his third spouse and a stepmom to three kids in a modern kind of family. Bottom line: With her infectious energy, Akerman is so funny and charming that we bet viewers will be wedded to this show.
"Lucky 7" (10 p.m., ABC; Tuesday): The lives of seven very different gas station employees are forever changed -- and maybe not all for the better -- when they strike it rich in the lottery. Bottom line: The snappy pilot had its charms, but we foresee lots of trite, money-can't-buy-you-happiness moralizing ahead.
"The Originals" (8 p.m., The CW; premieres at 9 p.m. Oct. 3, then moves to its regular time slot Oct. 8): Ready for some Klaus encounters? This moody "Vampire Diaries" spinoff transports the beloved villain (Joseph Morgan) and his hot half-siblings to New Orleans. Let the feeding begin. Bottom line: "VD" fans will want to sink their fangs into this one.
"Back in the Game" (8:30 p.m., ABC; Wednesday): A divorced single mother and former softball standout (Maggie Lawson) moves in with her gruff, beer-guzzling father (James Caan), who takes issue with how she parents -- and coaches -- her son. Bottom line: This amiable comedy, with touches of "The Bad News Bears," hits at least a solid double, if not a home run.
"Super Fun Night" (9:30 p.m., ABC; Oct. 2): Rebel Wilson (sans Aussie accent) plays a socially inept single woman who sets aside Friday nights to stay inside and hang with her pajama-clad besties. But that tradition is endangered when she scores a promotion at her law firm and gets invited to a trendy party by a hunky co-worker. Bottom line: Super fright night is more like it. This show is so painful and cringe-inducing that it's scary.
"Ironside" (10 p.m., NBC; Oct. 2): This blast from the past stars Blair Underwood as the detective-in-a-wheelchair made famous by Raymond Burr. However, his Ironside is more surly and sexy. Bottom line: Blair makes for a compelling lead in what is otherwise a standard procedural.
"The Tomorrow People" (9 p.m., The CW; Oct. 9): Remember "Heroes"? This sci-fi drama stars Robbie Amell (cousin of Stephen) as a teen who learns that he's part of a supersecret group of people who possess supernatural powers. Bottom line: Stale and overly familiar, "Tomorrow" feels very much like yesterday's superhero origin stories.
"The Crazy Ones" (9 p.m., CBS; Thursday): Robin Williams returns to series television as a kooky genius who leads a Chicago advertising agency alongside his more uptight daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Bottom line: We weren't crazy about the pilot, penned by David E. Kelley. But there are some good belly laughs here, and Williams has great chemistry with Gellar and co-star James Wolk. We're in.
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (9:30 p.m., NBC; premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday with two episodes): With a premise that mirrors his own real-life comeback story, Fox plays a news anchor who retired to focus on his health and family, which includes Betsy Brandt as his wife. Now, five years later, he's returning to work. Bottom line: Fox is as charming and funny as ever -- even when playing his Parkinson's for laughs.
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Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the new CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones.”