September 15, 2009
Beverly Hills, CA
photos and article copyright Suzanne Philips
The Paley Center for Media wrapped up it’s 2009 Fall TV Festival last night in Beverly Hills. ABC presented several of it’s new shows to a sold out crowd.
A reception preceded the event, sponsored by Nutrisystem and TV Guide. Stars and creators were on hand for a Q&A session before the screenings commenced.
Creator David S. Goyer and star Sonya Walger from “FlashForward”, Star Busy Philipps and creator Kevin Biegel from “Cougar Town”, ,Star Patricia Heaton from “The Middle”, Producer Steven Levitan and stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen from “Modern Family” all came out to discuss their projects.
“Hank”, a somewhat lackluster and disappointing half hour comedy from Kelsey Grammer kicked off the evening. The show revolves around a CEO who gets fired from his job and has to move his family to Virginia and take a dramatic cut in lifestyle. “Hank” premieres on ABC on September 30th.
Patricia Heaton’s new show “The Middle” centering on a suburban family in Indiana and their attempts to make it provided a welcome and hysterical break. This one camera show has a fantastic cast and writing that provides something that nearly every family can relate to – the struggle to make ends meet. “The Middle” premieres on ABC on September 30th.
The highly anticipated “FlashForward” screened and is sure to be one of the breakout hits of the coming season. The show begins with everyone in the world blacking out for 2 min and 17 seconds at the same time. In the blackout, everyone gets a glimpse of their future. The show stars Joe Fiennes, John Cho, Courtney B. Vance, Sonya Walger, Dominic Monaghan and Jack Davenport. “FlashForward” premieres on ABC on September 24th.
The very funny “Modern Family” looks at a modern family with the dad married to a much younger woman, one of the kids with a very nuclear family and the other child in a long term gay relationship. Exploring their struggles to understand each other provides much fodder for the writers. “Modern Family” premieres on September 23rd on ABC.
Courtney Cox’s new show “Cougar Town” shows the difficulties that women over 40 have dating in modern society. Busy Philipps also stars and provides much comic relief in this new show. “Cougar Town premieres on September 23rd on ABC.
Another nice event provided by the Paley Center. For more information on becoming a member of the Paley Center for Media check out www.paleycenter.org.