For years, ABC couldn't give us a sitcom that was any better than the likes of "According To Jim."
Lately, though, they had been on a pretty good streak, churning out a top-notch sitcom lineup on Wednesdays with "The Middle," "Suburgatory," Emmy winner "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings," which continues to expand its audience rapidly. (Probably thanks to Casey Wilson).
So good is the ABC Wednesday lineup that the network can't even get one of its best comedies, "Cougar Town," off the bench.
So really, I can't understand who programs the Tuesday night comedy lineup, which seems to be '80s redux. First, they give us a new Tim Allen sitcom, "Last Man Standing," which seems to be a rehash up his old sitcom, "Home Improvement," with the big twist of Allen having daughters to rear instead of sons. Then they gave us the insipid "Man Up," which seems to be already gone.
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Now, tonight, they debut something called "Work It," (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), about a couple of guys who dress in drag in order to land jobs by passing as women. And no one can see through their disguises. When this was originally done as "Bosom Buddies" back in the '80s, that at least had Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, two great comedic actors in the leads.
This time, not so much. How could the same network that developed "Modern Family" give us this drivel?
Of all the networks out there, ABC seems the most schizophrenic. On the drama side, it gave us the freshly original "Once Upon A Time," yet also delivered the "Charlie's Angels" rehash that has already been buried.
What other network comes up with programming that either grabs your attention or makes you want to not even tune in?
It's hard to believe that it's the same programming person that comes up with both.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Hope everyone had a good New Year's. In addition to inflicting "Work It" on the unsuspecting public, ABC also airs "Celebrity Wife Swap" at 9 p.m. In this edition, Gary Busey and Ted Haggard swap wives. My guess is that hijinks ensue. It's followed by a new "Body of Proof" at 10 p.m.
CBS is all-new with "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "Unforgettable" from 8-11 p.m., and NBC kicks off a new "Biggest Loser" from 8-10 p.m., followed by "Parenthood."
Finally, ESPN brings us the 834th bowl of the season with the Sugar Bowl tonight at 8:30 p.m. as Virginia Tech and Michigan square off.