TV doesn’t change much. But this season, there are some ideas that aren’t as old as Betty White
- Last Updated: 5:37 PM, May 15, 2012
- Posted: 11:33 PM, May 14, 2012
1. Everybody’s Gay: Nothing to do with politics and everything to do with “Modern Family,” which features lovable married couple Mitchell and Cam.
In NBC’s “The New Normal,” a gay couple (Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha) invite their child’s surrogate mom (Georgia King) and her young daughter to live with them until she gives birth. (Ellen Barkin plays the bigoted grandmother.)
CBS has “Partners,” co-starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie as a straight man and his gay best friend, about what happens when the straight guy proposes to his girlfriend (Sophia Bush).
2. Single-crime shows: One unchanging bad guy every week makes it easier to keep track.
“The Following” (a Fox mid-season series) stars Kevin Bacon as an ex-FBI agent called out of retirement to help nab a “diabolical” serial killer (James Purefoy).
NBC has “Infamous,” a “Revenge”-type drama in which an undercover detective (Meagan Good) infiltrates a wealthy household to discover who killed her BFF, the heiress to a pharmaceutical fortune.
3. Siblings are the new married couples: “Ben and Kate” (Fox) is a odd-couple sitcom about a single mom and her hyperactive brother and “The Goodwin Games” (also Fox) is about three estranged sibs who return home to mourn their father (Beau Bridges) and battle to inherit his $20 million fortune.
4. Gen Y ‘Grapes of Wrath’: Times are tough, so families pack up their Honda crossover vehicles and move West.
“How To Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life” (ABC) stars Sarah Chalke as a recently divorced single mom who, uh, moves in with her parents; “Malibu Country” (also ABC) stars Reba McEntire as a divorced mother of three who pulls up stakes for sunny Malibu, Calif.; and “The Neighbors” (ABC again) revolves around a family that moves to a gated community — only to discover their neighbors are outer-space aliens.
5. Desperate Docs: In “The Mob Doctor” (Fox), Jordana Spiro plays a “brilliant, life-saving surgeon” who’s “caught in a complex web” between her career and helping repay her family’s debts to the boys in Southside Chicago.
In “Animal Practice” (NBC), Justin Kirk is a veterinarian who discovers that his practice is being taken over by his ex-lover. Hate when that happens.