Friday, March 02, 2007

FOX Mid-Season Pilot Review: The Winner - Premieres March 4; 'Cheers' Star Joins 'Dancing with the Stars'!

The Winner

The Winner - Sundays at 8:30PM and 9:30 PM ET/PT for three weeks on FOX
Premieres March 4th at 8:30PM ET/PT

The summer of 1994 was a magical one – O.J. Simpson was on the run, Snoop Dogg was climbing the charts, Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee and 32-year-old GLEN ABBOTT (Rob Corddry) was finally on his way to becoming a man.

Back in 1994, when the series begins, Glen is still living with his parents when the only girl he’d ever kissed, ALISON McKELLAR (Erinn Hayes), returns to town with her 13-year-old son JOSH (Keir Gilchrist). The recently divorced Alison inspires Glen to become a “grown-up” and win her heart. There may be hope for late-bloomers everywhere as Glen moves through his formative years a mere 20 years later than most. But, hey, some people’s “Wonder Years” just happen a little later.

Luckily, Glen doesn’t have to go through this awkward period alone. He becomes best friends with Josh – a fellow hypochondriac and the only person he can truly relate to – and receives parental advice from his enabling mother IRENE (Linda Hart) and quasi-rage-aholic dad RON (Lenny Clarke). As narrated by present-day Glen, this story proves that an unlikely underdog can eventually transform from fear-riddled underachiever to the richest man in Buffalo.

THE WINNER comes from 20th Century Fox Television and is executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD) and Ricky Blitt (FAMILY GUY, “The Ringer”).

Cast: Rob Corddry as Glen Abbott, Erinn Hayes as Alison McKellar, Lenny Clarke as Rob Abbott, Keir Gilchrist as Josh McKellar, Linda Hart as Irene Abbott

Read our review of the pilot and other episodes here.

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Related Links:

  • FOX.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • The Winner Photo Gallery

    Looks like I got my wish! A former sitcom star is joining Dancing with the Stars. Following the departure of Sopranos star Vincent Pastore, the producers of Dancing has chosen none other than John Ratzenberger, of Cheers fame. John of course played the mailman Cliff on the hit sitcom. Everybody knows his name and I'm sure fans are glad that he came! Show producers had previously extended an invitation to him to participate this season, but a scheduling conflict prevented him from accepting until now. He takes on the added challenge of having less time to train than his fellow competitors before the series premieres – two weeks versus four. The series' fourth season premieres March 19 on ABC.
    Read the details here.

  • Sitcoms Airing Tonight

    Wednesday, August 20

    The Middle - "Stormy Moon" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Frankie is gobsmacked when she is handcuffed, arrested and taken to the police station. But when she discovers that her arrest was over an unreturned library book, she sets her sights on the only person she suspects to be the real guilty party - Brick. Meanwhile, Sue doesn't know how to express her feelings of disdain to Reverend TimTom over his new partner and girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”), and Axl and Cassidy reunite during Spring Break but find themselves mostly kissing and not talking to one another.

    The Goldbergs - "The Age of Darkness" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Despite her best efforts, Beverly is crushed when she cannot console Erica when her boyfriend, Drew Kremp, dumps her. So Murray steps in to help his daughter. Meanwhile, Barry is obsessed with a new arcade game and continually asks Pops for money to play. When he takes the situation to a desperate level involving Adam, an intervention is planned.

    Modern Family - "The Help" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    When Gloria hires a too-good-to-be-true male nanny (guest star Adam DeVine), Jay and Manny are pretty much dead set against it. Frank (guest star Fred Willard) is in town and feeling a bit lonely recently, so Phil and Jay take him out to help get his groove back. And, Mitch and Cam commission Pepper (guest star Nathan Lane) to plan their dream wedding, but Pepper might be dreaming a little too big.

    Modern Family - "And One to Grow On" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Phil tricks Luke into taking a dance class, but the jokes on him when the white lie indirectly lands him in the slammer. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria are throwing birthday parties for both Manny and Joe and are concerned Manny might be going for girls out of his league, and Mitch and Cam get a rude awakening in the cutthroat world of booking a wedding venue.

    Young & Hungry - "Young & Getting Played" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Gabi tries to repair the relationship between Yolanda's son and his former girlfriend.

    Mystery Girls - "Death Rose" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    Holly's willingness to help a friend brings nothing but trouble.

    Hot in Cleveland - "Mystery Date: Oscar Edition" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    When Victoria has to choose between Melanie and Joy for her plus one to the Oscars, they compete with each other to show who's the better friend.

    Love Thy Neighbor - "Make Love to Me" (OWN, 10:00PM ET/PT)
    Linda goes back to Philip and indulges in a spontaneous night of passion.

    Complete TV Listings


    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 18) (All times ET unless noted)

    Wednesday, August 20

    • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Watch Kathy on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
    • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker) - Ted is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Jaime King (The Class/Gary Unmarried) - Jaime visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
    • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin talks about Rio 2 on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
    • Christopher Meloni (Surviving Jack/The Fanelli Boys) - Christopher dishes with Rach on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Doris talks about her film The Little Rascals Save the Day on a repeat of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
    • Kim Coles (Living Single) - Kim is a guest on a repeat of The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
    • Joel McHale (Community) - Joel interviews Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm.