This is “Trophy Wife.” It’s one of fall TV’s best new shows. Watch it.

The best new TV comedy of the year is …

Your favorite TV critics got together and talked about the new TV season. We’ll be releasing a bunch of videos this week all about new TV. First up: the best new comedy.

For what it’s worth, my two favorites were also the two favorites of the critics.

The Hats of the 2013-2014 Season.
Yes, I made a gallery of all the new hats coming to TV. There are a lot of hats, guys.
See them all and discuss your favorites here.

The Hats of the 2013-2014 Season.

Yes, I made a gallery of all the new hats coming to TV. There are a lot of hats, guys.

See them all and discuss your favorites here.

The Future Of ‘Happy Endings’ & The Scary State Of Network Comedy 
By Maureen Ryan
What’s odd about “Happy Endings’” current situation is that it’s never been a cult-ish, niche object of adoration. It’s a bright, cheery show aimed squarely at the mainstream, and at first glance, it would seem to fit ABC’s brand, which is all about inclusive, upbeat worlds and the middle-class people who inhabit them. Sure, “Happy Endings” can be a dense, pop-culture-heavy experience, but that’s the speed at which many people live their social media-saturated lives these days.

Had it debuted only a few years ago, and had it enjoyed consistent network support over time, it might well have blossomed into the next “How I Met Your Mother,” which has grown into one of CBS’ most successful sitcoms. But is that kind of trajectory even possible any more? “HIMYM” debuted in 2005, well before online viewing and time-shifting became so prevalent.  

But the deck may now be stacked against shows that cater to the very audiences that consume television in alternative ways. Also disturbing: The people most likely to give interesting comedies a chance appear to be the viewers who are least likely to be counted. If that’s the case, what hope is there for smart, non-family-oriented half-hour comedies on the broadcast networks?
Read the full post here.

The Future Of ‘Happy Endings’ & The Scary State Of Network Comedy

By Maureen Ryan

What’s odd about “Happy Endings’” current situation is that it’s never been a cult-ish, niche object of adoration. It’s a bright, cheery show aimed squarely at the mainstream, and at first glance, it would seem to fit ABC’s brand, which is all about inclusive, upbeat worlds and the middle-class people who inhabit them. Sure, “Happy Endings” can be a dense, pop-culture-heavy experience, but that’s the speed at which many people live their social media-saturated lives these days.

Had it debuted only a few years ago, and had it enjoyed consistent network support over time, it might well have blossomed into the next “How I Met Your Mother,” which has grown into one of CBS’ most successful sitcoms. But is that kind of trajectory even possible any more? “HIMYM” debuted in 2005, well before online viewing and time-shifting became so prevalent.  

But the deck may now be stacked against shows that cater to the very audiences that consume television in alternative ways. Also disturbing: The people most likely to give interesting comedies a chance appear to be the viewers who are least likely to be counted. If that’s the case, what hope is there for smart, non-family-oriented half-hour comedies on the broadcast networks?

Read the full post here.

"How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)" premieres tonight after "Modern Family." It’s never really a good sign when a network premieres a show so late — even by midseason standards. The HuffPost TV staff saw the pilot almost a year ago when ABC announced its 2012-2013 season. We rated each show with a “Watch It,” “DVR It” or “Skip It.”
Here are our thoughts on the original pilot. It may have been tweaked since we viewed:Maureen Ryan: DVR It Sarah Chalke long ago proved that she’s one of TV’s most consistently winning and skilled comedy performers, and if the rest of this show is a little broad and manic, it might settle down into something sweet and mildly entertaining. Fingers crossed it’s the next “Suburgatory.”
Maggie Furlong: DVR It Get past the name — seriously, just do it — and give this show a shot, just for the cast alone. Quirky and cute, it has potential.
Jaimie Etkin: DVR It Another one of those shows that I want to like because of its stars — Sarah Chalke! Elizabeth Perkins! Another adorable little girl! — but it didn’t quite work. But “HTLWYPFTROYL” has some things to work out … obviously.
Chris Harnick: DVR It It’s sort of cute, but annoying at the same time. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out.
Alex Moaba: DVR It Nothing lol-worthy, but Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett and Brad Garrett’s earring playing kooky, too-sexually adventurous grandparents had me chuckling occasionally. Enjoyed the final montage set to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” more than the rest of the pilot, which probably isn’t a great sign.
Leigh Weingus: DVR It The pilot was entertaining, but the pathetic “I’m in my 30s and live with my parents” storyline will likely get old.
Laura Prudom: DVR It The pilot was light on laughs, but it has a great ensemble, so I’m hoping the scripts sharpen up.

"How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)" premieres tonight after "Modern Family." It’s never really a good sign when a network premieres a show so late — even by midseason standards. The HuffPost TV staff saw the pilot almost a year ago when ABC announced its 2012-2013 season. We rated each show with a “Watch It,” “DVR It” or “Skip It.”

Here are our thoughts on the original pilot. It may have been tweaked since we viewed:

Maureen Ryan: DVR It
Sarah Chalke long ago proved that she’s one of TV’s most consistently winning and skilled comedy performers, and if the rest of this show is a little broad and manic, it might settle down into something sweet and mildly entertaining. Fingers crossed it’s the next “Suburgatory.”

Maggie Furlong: DVR It
Get past the name — seriously, just do it — and give this show a shot, just for the cast alone. Quirky and cute, it has potential.

Jaimie Etkin: DVR It
Another one of those shows that I want to like because of its stars — Sarah Chalke! Elizabeth Perkins! Another adorable little girl! — but it didn’t quite work. But “HTLWYPFTROYL” has some things to work out … obviously.

Chris Harnick: DVR It
It’s sort of cute, but annoying at the same time. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out.

Alex Moaba: DVR It
Nothing lol-worthy, but Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett and Brad Garrett’s earring playing kooky, too-sexually adventurous grandparents had me chuckling occasionally. Enjoyed the final montage set to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” more than the rest of the pilot, which probably isn’t a great sign.

Leigh Weingus: DVR It
The pilot was entertaining, but the pathetic “I’m in my 30s and live with my parents” storyline will likely get old.

Laura Prudom: DVR It
The pilot was light on laughs, but it has a great ensemble, so I’m hoping the scripts sharpen up.

Lisa Vanderpump sassed me today. While discussing “Dancing With the Stars,” this exchange happened:
Do you think your “Real Housewives” cast members are voting for you? Are Kyle and Adrienne getting the vote out?Lisa: “Don’t be ridiculous. Have you seen my show?”
I have! I’m a big fan. I was hoping for a biting response from you.Lisa: “Brandi was there and she’s been very supportive. Yolanda is actually really ill and dealing with Lyme disease in Florida, so she wasn’t but she’s there in spirit. The rest of them … have stayed silent, but that’s fine.”
Click here to read the full interview. Spoiler alert: She and Gleb Savchenko have great chemistry.

Lisa Vanderpump sassed me today. While discussing “Dancing With the Stars,” this exchange happened:

Do you think your “Real Housewives” cast members are voting for you? Are Kyle and Adrienne getting the vote out?
Lisa: “Don’t be ridiculous. Have you seen my show?”

I have! I’m a big fan. I was hoping for a biting response from you.
Lisa: “Brandi was there and she’s been very supportive. Yolanda is actually really ill and dealing with Lyme disease in Florida, so she wasn’t but she’s there in spirit. The rest of them … have stayed silent, but that’s fine.”

Click here to read the full interview. Spoiler alert: She and Gleb Savchenko have great chemistry.

Seriously, ABC!?
The network released a new promo asking fans to save “Happy Endings.” A little odd when the network that claims to back the series has bounced it around its schedule, benched and then shipped it off to Fridays. C’mon.
Here it is.

Seriously, ABC!?

The network released a new promo asking fans to save “Happy Endings.” A little odd when the network that claims to back the series has bounced it around its schedule, benched and then shipped it off to Fridays. C’mon.

Here it is.

This is Mandy Moore’s third pilot — the second this development cycle — at ABC in the last two years. It’s safe to say ABC is sweet on Mandy … like candy.