TV tonight: 'Raising Hope,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Justified'
Posted January 7, 2013
Fox, 8 ET/PT
Did you know Burt and Virginia own a DeLorean? Well, they do -- though perhaps not for long. They may have to give it back to a bank representative, played by Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd, who knows a thing or two about DeLoreans.
The former ABC sitcom starts a new life on TBS with its entire cast intact. The goal, it seems, is to convince viewers nothing has changed, and while that goal is achieved, the downside is that the show feels somewhat ossified -- and while the extension may be welcome in some quarters, nothing in the first few episodes is likely to convince many people that it was necessary. Town remains alternately enjoyable and frustrating, a series that is broad, surreal and nasty for 20-some minutes before abruptly swinging to a sweet ending in the final two. Much has been made of the title's failure to accurately represent the show -- but what title could, when this sitcom, well-acted and amusing as it can be, doesn't know from moment to moment what it is?
FX, 10 ET/PT
One of TV's best and most enjoyable series returns -- proving once again that a great show does not have to be tedious, and that a top-rank drama can be serious, and even dark, without becoming oppressive. In its opening episodes, the show offers its same, incredibly welcome mix of terrific writing, Emmy-worthy acting, quirky characters, innate humor and sudden, unexpected violence, all tied to a promising dual plot that hooks into events and people from Raylan and Boyd's pasts. TV does not get much better than this.
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