During the 90’s Friday nights meant ABC!
For anybody growing up in that time period, they (to this day) are well versed in everything from “Boy Meets World” to “Family Matters.” Those shows along with countless others defined a certain generation. Over the years ABC (and even CBS at one point) has tried to re-capture that magic, but ultimately falling short each time. Tonight ABC is trying it again, but with a slightly different approach.
While not a full blown return, the network will get back to its roots with an hour of family friendly sitcoms including season two of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” and the premiere of Reba McEntire’s “Malibu Country.”
Allen’s “Home Improvement” was a cornerstone of ABC’s schedule for eight seasons and at one point was the most watched comedy on television. His return to the sitcom world last year with “Last Man Standing,” initially netted solid ratings, but those soon slipped. Still “Standing” was in the Top 50 among the most watched shows of the 2011-2012 season (granted it WAS number 50).
However Tim Allen is a bankable commodity and ABC was still going to do everything in their power to boost the comedy’s numbers. When it returns tonight it will be paired with “Malibu Country,” a new comedy from Reba McEntire, who has already proven she can carry a sitcom.
The Grammy winning musician’s second time headlining a comedy focuses on a scorned wife who moves her family out of Nashville after her country star husband’s affair comes to light. Joined by TV legend Lily Tomlin and one-time ABC alum Sara Rue (“Less Than Perfect”), the comedy is very light and very much in that classic TGIF vein. Loosely translated that means critics are going to hate it!
Yet neither “Last Man Standing” or “Malibu Country” are shows made for the critics, they are shows made for the viewer and some reviewers completely understand the difference. In his review today Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker sumed it up perfectly by saying “Viva La Throwback.”
Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times even takes it a step further.
“Yet what “Malibu Country” — created, oddly enough, by Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics — has to offer is just what some people watch TV for, and what most people watch TV for at least some of the time.”
Together the shows are a nice addition to a night where literally every other type of program is on the air. More importantly though they are callback to a different era of TV and one many people still miss.
“Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” air tonight on ABC starting 8 p.m. EST.
What’s your take New York? Are you excited for “Standing’s sophomore run? Are you glad to see Reba McEntire back on TV? Hit the comments and let us know. Don’t forget to subscribe to this column at the top of the page for all of the latest news coming out of the new TV season.
For previews of the 2012 Fall TV season you can click on the below:
“The New Normal”
“The Mob Doctor”
“Ben and Kate”
“The Mindy Project”
“Made In Jersey”
“Sons Of Anarchy”
“The X Factor”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“The Good Wife”
“Once Upon A Time”
“The Walking Dead”
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
2012 Fall Preview Coverage:
–Most Promising Comedies
–Most Promising Dramas
–Least Promising Series
–Celebrities To Watch
-Week 1: Ratings Winners & Losers
-Week 2: Ratings Winners & Losers
-Week 3: Ratings Winners & Losers
-Week 4: Ratings Winners & Losers
-Week 5: Ratings Winners & Losers