TV Report Card: Grading 5 New Shows

November 18th, 2013 3:05pm EST
So far, the 2013-13 television season has delivered far more home-runs than strike-outs.  Now that shows are doling out their juiciest storylines for November sweeps, it's time to hand out grades for the freshman television shows. 

"Mom" CBS, Mondays at 9:30pm EST
Anna Faris and Allison Janney are a mother-daughter duo battling their demons in this delightfully dysfunctional comedy from the sitcom king, Chuck Lorre.  The two are also a heartbreakingly hilarious combo that turn their struggle to sobriety into a blazingly entertaining and realistic journey.  In the most timely and relatabl...

Christine Ebersole Adds To The Laughs On 'Sullivan & Son'

August 22nd, 2013 2:10pm EDT
Sullivan and Son
As Carol Walsh on TBS's Sullivan & Son, Christine Ebersole has kept us laughing with well-meaning but perhaps ill-advised antics. Yet underneath Carol's fearless exuberance is a two-time Tony Award winner with decades of talent. BFTV snagged a few minutes with Christine on Thursday to chat about how she finds the laughter - and what it's like when she gets serious.

"I just basically sort of approach it as, she's a fun-loving, kind of free spirit who is very kind of innocent in a way," she said of Carol, the bar regular who's never short of a smile or a flirtatious comment. "[She's] not jad...

Jodi Long Is A Scene-Stealer On TBS's 'Sullivan & Son'

August 8th, 2013 4:29pm EDT
Jodi Long
On TBS's Sullivan & Son, Jodi Long rules the bar as Ok Cha Sullivan, the blunt and scene-stealing mother of Steve (Vivian Bang). Off camera, the veteran actress - who is actually not Korean and was born in Queens - has built a resume that would make most actresses jealous, and she's much more a people person.

"I think I do have that in me and I'm channeling it through all the aunts that I grew up with," she quipped during a recent interview with BFTV. "But it's very different from who I am. I'm not Korean. I don't have a Korean accent. But that's acting."

Which is something that Jodi know...

TV Characters We'd Want As Our BFF

July 13th, 2013 10:03am EDT
King of the Hill
Countless scenes in FOX's King of the Hill showed Hank Hill and his three best friends standing around in the alley, drinking beer and talking about whatever they wanted to. It got us thinking: which TV characters would we want as our BFFs? Here's BFTV's list of the top 10 fictional folks we'd like to be best friends with.

Before you check out our picks, let us set them up for you with the rules of the game:

1) The King of the Hill test: is this character really someone you'd want to spend hours in the alley with?

2) No more than one character from the same TV series

3) No more than one...

Vivian Bang Plays The Perfect Sister (Sort Of) On TBS's 'Sullivan & Son'

July 11th, 2013 2:30pm EDT
Sullivan and Son
TBS's Sullivan & Son has established itself as a pretty cool place to hang out. There's

'Wedding Band': Last Season's Best New Comedy Comes to DVD

June 27th, 2013 2:15pm EDT
Wedding Band
Turn the music back up! Wedding Band - the best comedy of this past TV season and perhaps one of the best all-time - is now rocking on DVD, thanks to Fox Home Entertainment. Wedding Band: The Complete Series arrived earlier this month.

It's hard to figure out where to start with Wedding Band, because there's so much about it that just works, as a TV show, as music, and as a viewing experience. As a series, it's legitimately funny. Co-creators Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle hit the comedy sweet spot: it's humor, aimed at adults without having to be crude, that develops naturally instead of t...

Live Online Interview and Fan Chat With Comedian and Sullivan & Son Star Steve Byrne

June 26th, 2013 3:59pm EDT
Sullivan & Son
Steve Byrne cracks us up weekly on the politically incorrect TBS hit comedy series Sullivan & Son, which features an incredibly talented and ethnically diverse cast.  The series is loosely based on Steve’s own background and family, and co-stars a gang of his personal friends = the perfect recipe for some serious laughs!  So get ready to have some fun today in our live chat with Steve at 5:30 pm p/t! 

A successful comedian who has headlined his own specials, Byrne’s stand-up comedy is clever, smut-free and decidedly relatable to both a younger and older audience. Prior to landing his own T...

Valerie Azlynn Makes A Welcome Return In 'Sullivan & Son' Season 2

June 20th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Sullivan and Son
You can't have a great bar without great people in the bar. So it is for TBS's Sullivan & Son, which counts the lovely and sassy Valerie Azlynn amongst its cast. Valerie plays Melanie Sutton, the paramedic who keeps the comedy's guys in line and is clearly meant to be with Steve Sullivan (the underrated

Steve Byrne Reopens The Bar For Second Season Of 'Sullivan & Son'

June 13th, 2013 12:05pm EDT
Steve Byrne
TBS's Sullivan & Son has become a comfortable place to visit for TV audiences on Thursday nights. It's familiar enough for audiences to grasp, is willing to push the envelope enough to feel fresh, and the cast have bent over backwards to make it feel like a real hangout. As the bar comedy serves up its second season, BFTV reconnected with star-producer Steve Byrne between stand-up comedy gigs to ask him how his charming idea for a TV show emerged into the good time it is today.

"I think what makes any show successful is any time it has its own voice and it doesn't sound like anything else,...

'Wedding Band' and 'Sons of Anarchy' Make Harold Perrineau An Emmy Contender

June 12th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Wedding Band
Harold Perrineau deserves an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Sons of Anarchy. And if he should win - after having one of the best individual years for an actor - TV fans will be saying, "It's about damn time."

He's been "that guy" for a decade and a half, beginning when he played Augustus Hill on HBO's groundbreaking prison drama Oz. Since then, every time you see his name in the credits, it's like getting a visit from an old friend. You know that he's always going to give a watchable performance, whether it's his SAG Award-winning role as Michael Dawson on Lost, his pitch-perfect co...