Wednesday on TV – 11/23/11

Why can’t every week be a 3-day work week?! I am really looking forward to this nice long 4-day weekend. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to brave the Black Friday midnight sales tomorrow night. Amidst all of tonight’s great TV shows, I’ll be baking a bunch of cookies for our big, extended family Thanksgiving get-together. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoys the break from work. For those who don’t live stateside, just claim you’re an American expatriate and take an extra 2 days off. 🙂 It’s an ABC comedy theme for us tonight, so check out why we think you should tune into a single channel tonight.

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight is the annual Thanksgiving episode of The Middle. In the original “Thanksgiving,” we first met Sue’s “boyfriend,” Brad (he’s so hilarious, they need to bring him on more often), and were introduced to Big Mike. In “Thanksgiving II,” we were introduced to Mike’s brother, Rusty (who also reappeared in last week’s episode), and saw the return of Big Mike. So with Mike’s family covered, which of Frankie’s family members are we going to see tonight? Well, it looks like we will finally meet her father and sister and see the return of her mother, Pat. I like when we meet more of the extended Heck clan, as it’s always great to see what made Frankie so frantic and Mike so stoic. Also, Molly Shannon is always good for some laughs, so I’m happy to see she will be guest-starring on tonight’s episode.

In tonight’s episode “Thanksgiving III,” Frankie and her sister (Molly Shannon) clash over their opposing parenting styles while spending Thanksgiving with their folks (Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke). Meanwhile, Mike coaches Axl on pickup lines, and Sue gets to gossip with the grown-ups.

See the new episode tonight on ABC at 8/7c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Middle @ Clicker.
 
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Jenny’s Choice #1

I love Modern Family, because sometimes? They make my family look sane! Last week, the entire family worked together to organize a community drive to help out a neighborhood family that lost their home to a fire. Luke is such a bad influence on Manny—and yet, sometimes Manny needs loosening up, because he’s so formal and structured for a kid! It’s crazy. Meanwhile, Cam took the Haley and Alex with him to pick up the moving truck they were going to use, and when he made assumptions that they didn’t think he could drive it because he was gay, he set out to show them they were wrong. Watching him and the girls get all flustered every time he made a wrong move was great. Turned out they just didn’t think he could do it because he was HIM, not because he was gay. heh

On tonight’s episode, “Punkin Chunkin,” when an old neighborhood kid returns to town as a hugely successful internet billionaire, it gets Phil thinking of what could have been. Jay feels Manny could use a little dose of constructive criticism, and Cameron is offended when Mitchell questions the authenticity of his colorful childhood stories. It all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, with the family divided between the “Dreamers” and the “Pritchetts”—and nothing settles the score like a punkin chunkin challenge. Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) guest stars.

Check it out tonight on ABC at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of Modern Family @ Clicker.
 

Megan’s Choice

It’s always fun to take a peek into the lives of the suburbia residents, especially through the eyes of Tessa and George. Last week, we saw Tessa endure the crazy party planning of Dalia just to see her favorite band, but in the end, the only thing that mattered was going home to have pizza with her two best friends. Of course, it didn’t hurt that she got to see her favorite band, as well. 😉 I’m really loving the chemistry that’s building between the cast, and I think that if I had to live in a cookie cutter neighbourhood, I hope I would have neighbours like Tessa and George.

On tonight’s episode, “Thanksgiving,” Tessa talks Dallas into spending the day in the city, rather than endure Thanksgiving in the suburbs, but Tessa loses her cool when she spots her father with a woman after he said he had to work. Meanwhile, Lisa balks at wearing a dress.

To see how the holidays affect the suburbs, tune into ABC at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Suburgatory @ Clicker.
 

Jenny’s Choice #2

Happy Endings is always a funny show. We’ve had lots of shows that are similar, but the addition of one of the “couples” being exes and another of the three “couples” being a single woman and a gay man makes it definitely unique. The characters are all fantastic; each of them brings a different flavor to the group. Last week, one of my favorite things was Jane wanting to find a “work husband,” after learning that Brad had a “work wife.” Has anyone else ever been through that? Hysterical.

On tonight’s episode, “Full Court Dress,” Jane needs a dress to wear to her charity event, but she’s a little leery when Alex offers to design one for her; Penny helps a panicked Max babysit his niece and nephew, and Dave and Brad’s new friendship with their oddball mailman, Drew, isn’t quite what they had hoped for. Rob Riggle (The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live) guest stars.

Check it out tonight on ABC at 9:30/8:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of Happy Endings @ Clicker.

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