At long last the light at the end of the painful long summer television hiatus tunnel is on the horizon. Someone heard my cries of having nothing to watch and I was given access to the new shows (read: I BEGGED the networks). After viewing countless sneak peeks, I’ve narrowed down the Breezy Mama top three picks for the fall season.
3. White Collar
Hands down my favorite new show! Again, I am only judging by the first episode, but if it keeps up the pace of the premier, we’re in for good times ahead. Be ready to LOVE star Matt Bomer. HOT HOT HOT. After saying his character was, “like a four-year-old in that, you know, he doesn’t have a lot of impulse control,” Breezy Mama had to ask if he had any kids of his own. “That’s a very interesting question but I’m very happy in my life and that’s all I’m going to say about that.” Sigh.
About the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, FBI Agent Peter Stokes (Tim Dekay). When Neal escapes from maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail, Neal suggests an alternative plan: he’ll provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that can’t be found on the right side of the law.
My only complaint is the bizarre pairing of the gorgeous, much younger Tiffany Thiessen as the wife of Tim Dekay, a.k.a the FBI agent. Sure, that’s shallow on my part but that romance has, “a man decided that couple could seem real” written all over it. However, it does make for some fun scenes when the agent finds the much younger and hotter (did I mention HOT) con artist –Bomer – laughing with his wife.
My own TV watching partner in crime – the hubby – and I are anxiously awaiting this show to start in less than two months on the USA Network. Watch the one minute preview, but WARNING! White Collar’s Bomer may make you a little, um, hot under the collar.
2. Cougar Town
I know, I know – I was totally put off by the title and thought the whole “Cougar” thing is more tired than us Mamas it offends, but this show is funny. Frankly, I just wanted to catch up with Courteney Cox’s next adventure and this seems to be Desperate Housewives without the murder mystery or the drama, just pure comedy. Look out for the blonde bimbo best friend — Elle (Christa Miller) – and the ex-husband –Bobby (Brian Van Holt) – both are hilarious! Cox admitted when her character squeezes her tummy to lament what aging and a pregnancy can do, that it’s her REAL belly viewers will see. Gotta love the gal for that! “I think it’s great to be a cougar, if that’s what it’s called,” the actress –who in real life is married to the younger David Arquette — said during the show’s Q&A press tour in Pasadena, CA. “I just don’t know what the [male version] of that is called.”
Can a woman of a certain age be a mom, a successful career woman and still on the prowl? Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) is about to give it a try in Cougar Town—the comedy that dares to tell the truth about dating after divorce.
Wow, though – if I only saw this preview, I’d skip it for sure. Don’t let this 1:31 minute clip deter you:
Having been given the 8:30 post The Office time slot, this show already has a major advantage and with good reason! Granted it’s from the Emmy Award winning Arrested Development directors – Joe and Anthony Russo – which I loved, so I was only theirs to lose. Either way, they had me at Joel McHale. For fans of The Soup that he hosts on E!, rest assured, you’ll see some similarities. “They will see some of the same smart-assery,” Joel told Breezy Mama. “Obviously it’s different because I’m acting and playing a character but I am so happy it is a comedy.”
And if you’re a fan of Chevy Chase who also stars, you and Joel have something in common. “I’ve quoted so many lines from Vacation and Caddy Shack and Fletch,” Joel said. “I think it got to the point where [Chevy] started to think, ‘this guys is kind of creepy… I understand you have seen Fletch a number of times.’ [Laughs]. I can quote back almost all of Fletch.”
While both actors are great, my favorite stand out of the ensemble cast is Danny Pudi, who plays Abed. Executive Producer and Creator Dan Harmon shared of the character at the show’s Q&A event in Pasadena, CA that he is based on “a friend of mine that has these very specific social mannerisms.”
When asked if his character Abed had Aspergers, Pudi responded, “When I read the script, I really didn’t focus on any kind of diagnosis. You know, I’m not a doctor or anything. So what I did look at was the character and how he connected with people and the world around him.”
As far as the legendary Chase’s move to the small screen, the long time comedian said, “I honestly think that the films lately aren’t as good as most of the stuff on TV. I never thought that I would be involved in a situation comedy until I read the script, and I was delighted to go in and say, ‘Please hire me.’”
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is not a mother in real life but plays a single mom. When Breezy Mama asked who she’d base her character on, she said, “Clair Huxtable. And we’re going to be in the 8’oclock hour [like The Cosby Show was] so I believe there is going to be some good energy I can get from that.”
Speaking of which, the coveted time slot is not lost on Joel. As far as whether he was excited to hear Community nabbed the 8:30 spot, he answered, “Holy crap, yes. Wouldn’t you be? I can’t believe how sweet of a spot it is. If somebody said to me that you are going to be on Thursday nights on NBC after The Office… it’s perfect.”
“Community,” a smart comedy series about a band of misfits who attend Greendale Community College. At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “The Soup”), a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work. Also among the series stars who comprise the group are comedy legend Chevy Chase (“Chuck”) as Pierce, a man whose life experience has brought him infinite wisdom; Gillian Jacobs (“The Book of Daniel”) as Britta, the 28-year old drop out with something to prove; Yvette Nicole Brown (“Rules of Engagement”) as Shirley, a sassy middle-aged divorcée; Danny Pudi (“Greek”) as Abed, a pop culture junkie; Alison Brie (“Mad Men”) as Annie, a high-strung perfectionist; Donald Glover (“30 Rock”) as Troy, a former high school football star trying to find his way and Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”) as Spanish professor, Señor Chang.
If you’re ready for a sneak peek at the laughs ahead, watch this clip:
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