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Suburgatory: H. Jon Benjamin to Guest Star in Season 2

Dallas and George might finally be testing the waters of a relationship this season on  Suburgatory, but things aren't going to come that easily for the two. TV Line is reporting that H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob's Burgers) will be guest starring as a life coach named Tabitha, hired by Dallas to help her through her current life transition. Described as "unlicensed" and "unconventional", he'll be toted along by the single mother on her first date with George, which will be the second episode of the upcoming season. There's no indication if the role could be recurring beyond that, though I'm guessing that the success (or lack thereof) of the date might make Dallas reconsider this approach. Read More... //

Suburgatory Boss on the "Tough" Search for Tessa's Mom, George and Dallas' Rush Into Dating

The pressure is on for Suburgatory this coming season. On-screen, the family comedy is preparing to introduce the long-gone mom of Tessa ( Jane Levy ) as well as finally put will-they-or-won't-they couple George ( Jeremy Sisto ) and Dallas ( Cheryl Hines ) together. Off-screen, the family comedy is in the hot seat (in a good way) after a last-minute bump on the fall schedule from 8:30/7:30c to the coveted post- Modern Family spot of 9:30/8:30c. "I'm still trying to figure out what I should send [ABC Entertainment President] Paul Lee as a thank you gift," creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek says. "It's not just a huge opportunity, but a good fit. We were a little bit edgy at times for...  //

Suburgatory: Rachel Dratch to Guest Star in Season 2

TV Guide is reporting that Rachel Dratch will be moving to Chatswin, at least for one episode. The comedienne will be guest starring on the Halloween episode of  Suburgatory as a frenemy of Sheila Shay's who lives in East Chatswin. The character will reportedly be "kind of a feminist" and "a little bit of a hippie", which obviously means she'll clash with the conservative, traditional Shay matriarch. It'll be another headache for the Shay family to have to endure, as Lisa discovered in the season finale that Ryan was the one that was adopted, not her. That may have called a lot of things into question for the teenager, including the likelihood that she'll end up like her mother, but it's about to get extremely tense in the Shay household once  Suburgatory comes back from hiatus. And having to do battle with someone from East Chatswin, of all places, will only add to the stress about to fall on Sheila Shay. Read More... //

Suburgatory: SNL Vet Rachel Dratch to Lock Horns with Sheila Shay

Another Saturday Night Live alum is visiting Suburgatory . Rachel Dratch will guest-star in the show's Halloween episode, has learned. Dratch's guest spot will reunite her with Chris Parnell and his on-screen wife, Ana Gasteyer .  Dratch, 46, will play a "frenemy" of Gasteyer's suburban mom, Sheila...  //

'Suburgatory': Timeslot switch with 'The Neighbors' makes for a better fit, ABC says

The timeslot switch for ABC comedies "Suburgatory" and "The Neighbors" makes for a better fit for both shows, ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says.When ABC announced its 2012-13 schedule in the spring, it had "Suburgatory" staying in the 8:30 p.m. Wednesday spot it held last season and "The Neighbors" -- a new show about a family who moves into a community populated by aliens -- in the prime 9:30 p.m. spot following "Modern Family." When the network announced its season premiere dates on Thursday (July 26), however, the two shows had switched spots."The Neighbors" will premiere after "Modern Family" on Sept. 26, but the following week it moves back an hour, following "The Middle." Lee explains, "We want to give it that big push [for the premiere] because we're very proud of it, and we're going to market it. But then I wanted to protect it. ... I think it sits better in the 8... //

ABC fall 2012 premiere dates: 'Revenge' and 'Modern Family,' plus 'Suburgatory' gets a new timeslot

ABC will stretch out its fall 2012 premieres over almost two months. Most of the network's lineup, including "Dancing With the Stars," "Castle," "Modern Family" and "Revenge," will debut the week of Sept. 24 (following ABC's broadcast of the Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 23). But some shows will wait until later in October or even November to debut.Also of note: As first reported earlier this week, "Suburgatory" is moving to 9:30 p.m. ET Wednesdays, following "Modern Family." That's a change from the schedule ABC announced in the spring, when it had new comedy "The Neighbors" in the 9:30 spot; it will now air at 8:30 Wednesdays after a special 9:30 p.m. preview on Sept. 26.Pics: Familiar faces of the 2012-13 TV seasonFans of "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" will have to wait a while for those shows. They're scheduled to premiere Oct. 23 in a new Tuesday-night comedy block.Here's the... //

'Suburgatory' and 'The Neighbors' may switch timeslots on ABC

ABC is considering shuffling its Wednesday comedy lineup -- and potentially giving a big boost to its second-year show "Suburgatory."The network is likely to swap timeslots for "Suburgatory" and its new comedy "The Neighbors," Deadline reports. The move would send "The Neighbors" to 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesdays and give "Suburgatory" the prime real estate following "Modern Family" at 9:30.Early reviews from critics on "The Neighbors" -- about a family that moves to a suburban development populated entirely by aliens disguised as humans -- haven't been especially kind. But it will still have a solid timeslot between "The Middle" and "Modern Family" and the potential to possibly reach more of a parents-and-kids audience in the earlier spot."Suburgatory" averaged 7.25 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 in its inaugural season -- numbers that could rise some with "Modern Family," one of the top-rated comedies on TV, as its lead-in. In turn it could provide... //

'Suburgatory': Nailing Tessa's signature 'ballerina lumberjack' style

Why is it we love the proverbial fish out of water? They don't quite fit in. They don't particularly care for their surroundings. And they don't really care to change. But if you're as put together as Tessa (Jane Levy) from "Suburgatory," airing Wednesdays on ABC, you're OK with that.New Yorkers such as Tessa have a special way about them: a compassionate intellectual elitism that blends confidence with reluctant tolerance. And when costume designer Mynka Draper was tasked with dressing Chatswin's resident dissident, she knew things weren't going to go as normal."We wanted Tessa and her father to pop colorwise, but make them darker," Draper ("Easy A," "CSI: Miami") tells Zap2it. "That's kinda the opposite from what you normally do for TV shows. So we've gone with more muted tones that are a bit edgier. After all, she's cute, young, intellectual, alternative with a tomboy edge."She's used to identifying herself as a New Yorker and... //

TV ratings: 'American Idol' rises with Top 3, 'Criminal Minds' finale also up Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 16, 2012"American Idol" scored its biggest audience in more than a month on Wednesday night, leading FOX to a sizable ratings win. The two-hour season finale of "Criminal Minds" also pulled in strong ratings for CBS.The news wasn't as good for ABC. Its comedy lineup was down from last week, with the finale of "Suburgatory" drawing some of its worst ratings of the season. "Modern Family" was down some too, and at 10 o'clock "Revenge" took a slight dip from last week.FOX easily led the night with 17.3 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/17 share in households. CBS was the best of the rest with 10.4 million viewers and a 6.5/11. ABC (6.6 million, 4.3/7) came in third, followed by NBC (4.5 million, 3.1/5). The CW drew 950,000 viewers and a 0.7/1.FOX also dominated the 18-49 demographic with a 4.8 rating, finishing way ahead of CBS' 2.7. ABC took... //

'Suburgatory' Creator on Writing a Finale That Guaranteed a Series Renewal

  Going into Wednesday’s  Suburgatory  finale, series creator  Emily Kapnek  wanted to make it very hard for ABC to deny the show a second season by creating a "far out" episode that would "stir the pot." "I really wanted to create a lot of little loose threads so that there was no way they couldn’t pick us up," Kapnek tells reporters after a screening of the episode. "So that meant laying in these early storylines and bringing them far enough but not fully paying them off." Read More... //