I really gotta say, when it comes to a new week of television I always look forward to ABC’s comedy block on Wednesdays. And tonight it is new across the board. The Middle and Modern Family have been consistently funny the past few years, while Suburgatory I only discovered with last week’s Halloween themed episode and with a mix a likeable characters and a creative story it kept me watching while I wasn’t looking for a new show to get hooked on. Happy Endings is a weird fit for the block, but I’m going to give it a chance. It doesn’t help that I’m anticipating the return of Cougar Town, which I’m still shocked that I love it as much as I do.
The Middle starts the block at 8pm, tonight’s episode is “Heck’s Best Thing”; Axl has an interview with a college-football scout, and his parents worry it won’t go well. Elsewhere, Sue and Brick engage in a texting marathon with their aunt’s cell phone.
Next up is Suburgatory with “Charity Case” at 8:30pm; Tessa persuades the school to get behind charitable causes, which yields mixed results, but her peers begin to wonder who really needs their help. Meanwhile, George’s friendship with Noah hits a snag after he gets a huge bill for dental work.
At 9pm we have the multiple Emmy award winning Modern Family. Tonight’s episode is “Treehouse”; Gloria persuades Jay to commit to a night of salsa dancing after seeing how much his friend Shorty (Chazz Palminteri) and his girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) do together. Meanwhile, Cameron makes a bet that he can get a woman’s phone number at the bar; and Phil builds a tree house.
Last up we have Happy Endings with “Lying Around”; Brad sneaks off on a secret staycation at a plush hotel in the city in order to dodge a visit from Jane’s sorority sister. Meanwhile, Alex’s new boyfriend takes dating to a new level; and Max and Dave shoot a commercial for a lunch truck.
Also new tonight?
CBS: Survivor: South Pacific (reality)
FOX: The X-Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Up All Night (comedy)
HGTV: House Hunters International (docu)
OWN: Oprah’s Lifeclass (talk)
PBS: Nature (docu)
CBS: Criminal Minds (crime drama)
CW: America’s Next Top Model (reality competition)
NBC: Harry’s Law (law drama)
DSC: MythBusters (docu)
BBC: Law & Order: UK (crime drama)
FOOD: Man v. Food Nation (docu)
SYFY: Ghost Hunters (docu)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (crime drama)
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (crime drama)
FX: American Horror Story (horror drama)
BRAVO: Top Chef: Texas (competition)
COMEDY: South Park (animation)
USA: Psych (comedy)
Talk about a pretty packed night of TV, especially after 10pm on Cable. I’ve listed a select few above, but there are a ton of other new shows. My DVR is going to be working overtime.