James Brolin

CBS’s ‘Life in Pieces’ Is a Hyperactive Clone of ‘Modern Family’

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CBS’s new comedy series Life in Pieces, which premieres this week, isn’t bad. It features quick and strong set-ups and punchlines to keep the humor flowing — more jokes land in this half-hour than most comedy pilots out there. It is not a show for everyone — nothing is a show for everyone — but it’s one of those series where, even if it’s not your bag of humor, it’s enjoyable and sharp enough to be a comedy that many viewers (and, I suspect, many regular CBS viewers) will love. But in today’s crowded TV landscape, that may not be enough.
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‘Community’ Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: The Darkest Timeline Update

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After creator Dan Harmon was unceremoniously dismissed from his role as showrunner at the end of Season 3, Community‘s loyal fans feared its departure would plunge the show into what Abed Nadir would surely call “the darkest timeline.” But despite our concerns, we hold out hope that the new showrunners and their stable of writers are able to make the best of this worst possible role of the dice. This week’s episode, “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations,” finds the gang dealing with family discomfort, holiday-style.
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