Friday, March 02, 2007
FOX Mid-Season Pilot Review: The Winner - Premieres March 4; 'Cheers' Star Joins 'Dancing with the Stars'!
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.
Discuss the show after you watch it on Sunday on our message board.
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.
The Middle - "The Kiss" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Frankie’s sister asks her to house-sit, Frankie and Mike jump at the opportunity to have a romantic, kid-free weekend in an upscale home. But technology might just trump romance when they find themselves having a difficult time navigating all of the computerized gadgets in the house. Meanwhile, Sue, who has been left in charge of watching over Brick while the parents are away, finds the Heck house being invaded by the bratty neighborhood Glossner kids, and Axl takes a road trip with Darrin and Sean in an attempt to drive to Vassar and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Cassidy.
Back in the Game - "Massive Election" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Terry plays politics when she challenges Dick for the position of League President. Meanwhile, The Cannon takes Danny out to the golf course to teach him a lesson in the importance of being a leader.
Modern Family - "The Big Game" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
With a big football game coming up and a record to break, Coach Cam is intensely focused and showing no mercy even when the opposing team is playing with an unexpected disadvantage. Elsewhere, Claire is determined to prove to the staff that she is more than just the boss’s daughter, and Phil tries to teach his kids a lesson about optimism, but the universe just isn’t cooperating.
Super Fun Night - "Pilot" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Kimmie thinks back to how her big promotion at the firm changed her life and gave her the confidence to convince best friends Helen-Alice and Marika to forgo their standing .
Kirstie - "Pilot" / "Arlo Moves In" (TV Land, 10:00-11:00PM ET/PT)
"Pilot" - Broadway diva Madison Banks (Kirstie Alley) is shocked to find the son she gave up for adoption (Eric Petersen) at her door. Unsure how to fit him into her life, she pushes him away until realizing he may be just what she needs.
"Arlo Moves In" - Unnerved by the saintly specter of Arlo's adoptive mom and the barbs of her understudy (Kristin Chenoweth) Maddie struggles to adapt to her new life as a mom. Meanwhile, Arlo wonders if they'll ever have a real relationship. Guest Star: Kristin Chenoweth.
Read our review.
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "The Automatic Teller Machine" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Richard catches Keisha kissing a stranger named Eric in the ATM room.
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse - "A Woman Scorned" (OWN, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The ladies reminisce about their relationships while the guys try to convince Richard to walk away from Keisha without a fight.
Wednesday, December 4
- Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Watch Woody on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
- Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) - Melissa is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
- Eric André (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - Eric appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa stops by The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
- Kirstie Alley (Kirstie/Veronica's Closet/Cheers) - Kirstie cooks with co-host Clinton Kelly as the co-hosts dish up recipes reminiscent of their holidays as children, personal favorites from past decades on The Chew on ABC at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve chats with Rach at the kitchen table and dishes out super-funny stories from his own family on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
- Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) - Lisa talks about what she's working on now and her every day workout tips for busy moms on Katie, so check your local listings.