Monday, March 17, 2008

All TV: CBS comedies return

Today's column looks at the beginning of the end of the strike drought:
The package arrived on my desk Friday morning like manna in the desert: new episodes of "Two and a Half Men," "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory," the first scripted series to get back on the air since the end of the writers strike.

(The CBS comedies are several weeks ahead of the curve; most other network series' won't be back until sometime next month, so don't get too excited yet if you're dying for new "30 Rock" or "House.")

I'm a big fan of "Mother" and agnostic about the other two - sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they make me cringe, sometimes both simultaneously - but by the time I finished all three, I had a huge smile on my face.

Sometimes, you just don't know what you've got till it's gone, do you?
To read the full thing, click here. Obviously, there will be a proper "HIMYM" review tonight at 9 (as mentioned in the column, it swaps timeslots with "Big Bang Theory" starting tonight).

10 comments:

Matt said...

Not to nitpick, but Cobie Smulders' name is misspelled in the column ("Coby"). Very much looking forward to having HIMYM back, even if the others leave me deeply ambivalent.

Bobman said...

Oh man... the return of HIMYM is going to be legen... wait for it.... DARY.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Not to nitpick, but Cobie Smulders' name is misspelled in the column ("Coby").

Ugh. I'd like to blame it on the show's long time away, but sometimes a mistake is just a mistake. I've fixed it.

dez said...

You know that big cheesy grin Spongebob gets on his face when he discovers that Squidward, despite protests to the contrary, loves Krabby Patties? I got that look on my face when I saw that you said something nice about "Two and a Half Men" :-)

Okay, so it was already there when I found out HIMYM was coming back with new eps tonight. But reading you giving Men even a little praise was nice.

That First Andrew said...

Was I the only one whose DVR recorded a new episode of Reaper last Thursday? Or was it just some beautiful dream? Cause it was a pretty good episode, too. Must have been a dream. Cause Jamie Kennedy was in it, and there is no way he could be in an episode that was also very good.

LA said...

Wow, props to BBT for snagging the superior time slot. That show cracks me up in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

dez said...

that first andrew, it looks like Reaper's been moved to Thursdays and yes, it was new next week (another new one is on this week).

dez said...

I meant last week, not next week. Although it could be new next week as well :-)

Elwood said...

Ugh. I'd like to blame it on the show's long time away, but sometimes a mistake is just a mistake. I've fixed it.

At least you didn't call her "Omar" or "Marlo."

Glad to have HIMYM back, no doubt.

Bob Andelman said...

You might enjoy this entertaining audio interview with Bill Prady, co-creator of "The Big Bang Theory." Prady's other writing and producing credits include "Gilmore Girls," "Muppets in Space," "Dream On," and even an episode of "Star Trek Voyager."