ABC has just stepped it up a notch in my book by renewing two of the best new shows on television. According to Variety, next year the network will bring back their Wednesday night comedy block, which includes “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town,” and “The Middle.” Sorry for fans of the failed Kelsey Grammer series “Hank,” you’re not invited to this party.
For the past few years ABC has been struggling to find a longstanding comedy block that would take them back to the good old days of shows like “Roseanne” and “Home Improvement.” Now, with the unconventional, but hilarious trio on their roster they’re on their way back. ABC says all of the shows have performed well beyond their expectations and have excelled in the ratings as compared to last year’s “Pushing Daisies” and “Private Practice” lineup.
The good news for “Modern Family” just keeps on coming because the show received a Best Comedy Series nomination for the 2010 Golden Globes, and Courteney Cox earned a nod for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “Cougar Town.” I think ABC has really struck gold with these two because their genuinely funny and well written, without being too stuck up. Who can forget in the pilot episode of “Cougar Town” when a drunken Busy Phillips dropped off a random guy at the doorstep of her unsuspecting boss shouting, “You left that at the bar, bitch!” Pure…comedic…gold.
Here’s to another season of ABC comedy, but lets not forget to pour out a little liquor for “Hank.”
Are you a fan of either of the shows that ABC has decided to renew? Do you think they did the right thing by canceling Hank?