TakeFiveGal Previews Five New ABC Series

It’s pilot preview time, and though we’re not supposed to officially “review” anything we’ve seen at this point, I wanted to give some immediate reactions to the first five I’ve seen.  Today it’s all about ABC and what they’re throwing at us next year (it’s mostly good, I promise!) – in order of my viewing schedule:

1.    Cougartown – Stars Courteney Cox, Busy Phillipps, Josh Hopkins, the fantastically awesome Dan Byrd.  I’m not going to give anything away other than to say that Cox is basically playing Monica going through a mid-life crisis (and there’s nothing wrong with that), Dan Byrd is fantastic (can I say that 100 times) as the teenage son embarrassed by his mother.  And Josh Hopkins – just love looking at him!  I’d rate it a solid B+.

2.    The Middle
– basically, Malcolm in the Middle with a teenage girl in the middle character role, and Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn playing the Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston roles.  The little kid on the show is incredibly awkward and weird and one of the best parts of the show.  First viewing makes me rate it a solid B with definite room for improvement!

3.    Modern Family – I’ve watched this now three times, because I love it that much.  It gets better each time I watch it, and that’s in large part to the brilliance of the cast.  Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson totally stand out, but watch out for the little kid who plays Manny, the step son to Ed O’Neill.  Hilarious.  Solid A (would say A+, but nothing’s perfect….Sofia Vergara…)

4.    Eastwick – I don’t know what I was expecting, but Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price, and Jamie Ray Newman are not my cup of tea.  And I’m not sold on Paul Gross yet.  That said, I’m not against giving the show a second viewing to see if they can shake some of the “too much exposition” out of the show.  I’m saying a D now, but I think ABC can convince me to change my mind!

5.    Flash Forward – I will say right off the bat that I think my rating on this was helped by the fact that I was in a comfy ABC studios chair, having just munched on some great snacks from ABC, while watching the pilot on the big screen, on Blu-Ray.  But I don’t want to take away from what is a super solid show, and one that I think will easily replace Lost as the ABC drama to watch and discuss.  It surprised me, made me laugh (though not enough, but I think that’s coming), and it has me begging for episode two.  Solid A- with definite room for growth!