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Is Modern Family the Next Cosby Show?

Variety is up with a piece today discussing the ratings for Modern Family’s sophomore season, and the show’s potential to become ABC’s version ofThe Cosby Show.  Back in the 80’s, the success of Cosby gave NBC its first huge comedy hit in decades.  The aura around the show cast ratings warmth onto other NBC comedies that were scheduled around it.  The Peacock Network became the place for hit comedies, and spawned NBC’s "Must-See TV" comedy block that dominated the 80’s, 90’s, and into the 00’s with shows like Cheers, Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, Will and Grace, and The Office. To Read More  Click Here. Do you watch TV like this?  Are there any programs you have found and stuck with simply because they aired before or after a show you already loved?  Please drop your comments below.

SideReel: This Week in TV - 2.28.2010 - Featured

Time for an all new This Week in TV where Kendra and Rachel tell you - of course - what's happening on TV this week! While the XXI Olympic Winter Games were a fun diversion, we're pretty psyched that they're over and that some of our favorite shows are now returning! K & R discuss what's back - including many of our NBC favorites (Chuck, The Office) - and some new premieres - including Parenthood ! They also discuss some strange guest starring roles, in honor of Mischa Barton's somewhat odd guest starring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this week. To find out what she plays, you'll have to watch: This Week in TV - 2.28.2010 You can find these videos from week to week on the TV tab. As always, we'd love to hear your comments and feedback below in comments! Which recent guest stars have you found to be the most bizarre?

SideReel: This Week in TV - 2.7.2010 - Featured

Time for an all new This Week in TV where Kendra and Rachel tell you - of course - what's happening on TV this week! Additionally, K & R let you know where you can check out this year's just-announced Oscar Nominations and also spend some time discussing the fate of some of our favorite series - including the recently canceled, the recently renewed and those whose fates are still-undetermined-but-are-in-grave-danger. Check out the video here: This Week in TV - 2.7.2010 You can find these videos from week to week on the TV tab. As always, we'd love to hear your comments and feedback below in comments!

Do you like the kids in Modern Family? - Featured

In an editorial for TV.com , Richard Lawson writes that "Modern Family's kids almost ruin the show," and he doesn't stop there. "To be blunt," he continues, "I just really hate the kids." While I dislike the Dunphy children myself, I really like the character of Manny. He may not be realistic, but he's very funny, and I have no problems with that. What do you think? Do you think Modern Family would be a better show if they cut all of the kids out, or do you think they need to be there for the show to work?

Timeslot Showdown: What Shows Win Your Wednesday Timeslots? - Featured

Fall TV is back, and so is the challenge of how to watch all your beloved shows! It was fun to see what shows win your Monday Timeslots , so now let's talk the next eventful TV night: Wednesday! Add your comments below telling us what you choose to watch, record, catch later online, or have given up from your Wednesday timeslots! Wednesday at 8/7c: America's Next Top Model on The CW So You Think You Can Dance on Fox Mercy on NBC The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS Wednesday at 9/8c: Glee on Fox Modern Family and/or Cougar Town on ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC Criminal Minds on CBS Wednesday at 10/9c: Eastwick on ABC CSI: NY on CBS The Jay Leno Show on NBC South Park on Comedy Central Top Chef on Bravo

Discuss: Which New Series Have You Added to Your TV Lineup? - Featured

Now that nearly all of the new Fall shows have premiered (there's a few stragglers like Three Rivers , debuting this Sunday on CBS and White Collar , debuting in late October on USA Network ), we thought it a good time to discuss which shows have made the cut for YOU? To refresh your memory, here are the new shows that have debuted over the course of the last few weeks, separated by network: NBC The Jay Leno Show Mercy Trauma Community FOX Glee Brothers The Cleveland Show CBS NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife Accidentally on Purpose The CW Melrose Place (2009) Vampire Diaries The Beautiful Life (already canceled, sorry) ABC Hank The Middle Modern Family Cougar Town Eastwick FlashForward The Forgotten (TV) Shark Tank Other Bored to Death (HBO) Which of these shows have been standouts for you - enough to begin watching on a regular basis?

Modern Family Season 1, Episode 1: Did ABC Hit the Comedy Jackpot? - Featured

It's hard to get excited about ABC sitcoms since, as noted in Zap2it's Modern Family Review , ABC either has comedy flops, or those either canceled too soon or in constant cancellation danger like Samantha Who? , Miss/Guided , and Better Off Ted . But this one looks special. And, after watching the Pilot , I give this one a big thumbs up for not only not being a disappointment, but for being fantastically funny!! This isn't one of those silly, over-the-top sitcoms like Arrested Development and its wanna-be, Better Off Ted , but is a comedy about the humor in real life, and thank the TV gods, the unconventional family... for real. We're not just talking a wacky family still with a mom, a dad, two kids and a dog, but a truly modern family with all sorts of normal, everyday issues right along with the big ones like good ol' dad not accepting his gay son now not only living with his boyfriend, but adopting a baby. I felt like the pilot was perfectly funny but understated as it introduced the families, let us get a feel for the hilariousness of aspects like modern dad trying to be hip to the texting and lingo, and the little things like dealing with telling one's parents about something you know they won't like, forget that you're a full-grown adult. Then there's all the rest of that everyday stuff taken up a notch, much like The Office perfectly captures the ridiculous funny moments of office life, but exaggerated juuust right. (May I note Modern Family Pilot moments here including cream puffs, "The Circle of Life," and WTF = what's with the face?) So what did you think? Did ABC find a real comedy hit here, or will this be another one that is actually great, but no one catches on to? Or did you expect something a lot more laugh-out-loud hilarious, or something else entirely different leaving you disappointed?