This will be my final post for About TV Comedies, as I'm moving on from the site to other ventures. I want to thank everyone who's visited the site over the last five years while I've been running it (yes, even the Blue Mountain State fans). I'll still be writing about TV elsewhere; you can find my TV and movie reviews in Las Vegas Weekly and at my blog, and you can keep up with all my work on Facebook and Twitter.
Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the debut of the ABC sitcom Roseanne, which ran from 1988-1997. It was one of the best sitcoms of the decade, and it helped launch the careers of several of its stars, while others have faded into the background since the show ended. Check out a look at where the Roseanne stars are now.
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Amanda Morin, the About.com Kids' Learning & Activities expert, writes:
When Modern Family won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth time in a row this year, it was no surprise -- the show is fan favorite. But Modern Family is working hard to let fans know that they're important, too. This fall, as the show went to syndication five nights a week on USA, Modern Family started a movement to celebrate the changing face of the modern family. MOFY Nation -- which stands for Make Our Family Yours -- is the place to declare your allegiance as a Modern Family fan.
On October 28, Modern Family is celebrating its fans as much as they celebrate the show with a Modern Family Fan Appreciation Day at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. A number of lucky fans entered to win tickets to the day, which includes a red carpet event, live interviews, a table read of a fan-chosen favorite episode and a Q&A session at which the actors will answer fan questions submitted via social media.
Most importantly, fans at home will be able to follow along with live streaming, play the live sync game and have the opportunity to win MOFY Nation prizes. Fans are encouraged to upload testimonials about the show for the chance to be featured on air.
That's not the only chance for fan involvement, either. Every weeknight there are live sync play-along games and giveaways as you watch the show at home, interact on the MOFY Nation website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Each Sunday night on USA, live tweets (hashtagged #MOFY and #TGIMF) are shown on TV and a MOFY of the Week is chosen and broadcast.
Parenting and education writer Amanda Morin has been a MOFY Nation blogger since the movement began. She'll be Tweeting live and providing Facebook updates from the Modern Family Fan Appreciation Day event in L.A. Follow her @AmandaMorin or on her Facebook page to keep track of what's going on.
The fall season is in full swing, and if you haven't been following your favorite shows closely, or if you just want a refresher before tuning in to the next episode, check out my new episode guides for some of the biggest comedies on TV, including How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode Guide
- Parks and Recreation Season 6 Episode Guide
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Episode Guide
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Some good news and bad news for new network sitcoms: NBC has canceled its mediocre Thursday-night family sitcom Welcome to the Family, effective immediately. Its time slot will be filled by various repeats and specials until Community returns with its fifth season on January 2. The Thursday-night NBC comedy lineup has been struggling lately (with The Office and 30 Rock gone), so it's no surprise that the network is making changes, and is giving the star-driven The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World more time to find their audiences.
In better news, Fox has ordered a full 22-episode season of the best new fall comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's a great vote of confidence in a show that has been getting mediocre ratings but is easily one of the funniest on TV right now. It will also air alongside New Girl in the high-profile post-Super Bowl slot in February.
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IFC continues its love for the alternative comedy scene with the premiere of its new sketch-comedy series The Birthday Boys tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST. The titular comedy troupe has teamed up with sketch-comedy veteran Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show, The Ben Stiller Show) for their new series. How does it measure up to his past work? Read my review to find out.
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The fall season is barely a few weeks old, and already the first new comedy has been given the ax: CBS has canceled We Are Men after just two episodes, making it the second new show of the fall to be taken off the schedule (after ABC's lottery-winners drama Lucky 7). Starting this coming Monday, 2 Broke Girls will move into the former We Are Men slot at 8:30 p.m. EST, and 9 p.m. will be filled by The Big Bang Theory reruns until Mike & Molly takes over with its new season starting November 4. I thought We Are Men was entirely forgettable and have no regrets about seeing it go, but what I'm really hoping for is the cancellation of Fox's Dads.
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Former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes returns to NBC with the debut of his new sitcom Sean Saves the World tonight at 9 p.m. EST. With co-stars Linda Lavin, Thomas Lennon, Megan Hilty and Echo Kellum, plus creator Victor Fresco, the show is packed with talent, but is it worthy of all those skilled performers and writers? Read my review to see how it measures up.
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ABC adds to its popular Wednesday-night sitcom lineup with Super Fun Night, premiering tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST. How does this showcase for creator and star Rebel Wilson fit in with the rest of the ABC comedies? Read my review to get my take on it.
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With all the new fall shows premiering on the broadcast networks, HBO's Hello Ladies, from co-creator/star Stephen Merchant, might get lost in the shuffle. But for fans of Merchant's work with Ricky Gervais, it's definitely one of the most anticipated comedies of the fall. Hello Ladies premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST on HBO. Check out my review to see if it's a worthy follow-up to Merchant's past successes.
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