Plenty to be thankful for this season

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I have much to be thankful for this season.

The third year of “Mad Men” was a fabulous ride. The fourth season of “Friday Night Lights” (pictured above) has been awe-inspiring. The transition the show made this year in introducing a host of new characters proves that the show’s simple genius at portraying the life of regular folks in Small-ish Town, USA was no fluke. It’s an amalgamation of the skill of a group of immensely talented, obviously dedicated people, led by showrunner Jason Katims.

Could Kyle Chandler possibly get any better in the role of Coach Eric Taylor? Every week, I think not and then he goes and blows me away the following episode. I’m glad “FNL” only just barely overlapped with “Mad Men” this year, it’s a nice way to ease out of the craving for weekly “Mad Men” fix. Now the night I most wait Modernfamilybowen for during the week is Wednesday (when “FNL” airs on DirecTV’s 101 Network).

Wednesday is also “Modern Family” night, a show that I’m loving being able still love as the season progresses. The pilot was so good — but I thought, ‘How can they keep this up?’ Talented writers, extremely talented, engaging cast (including the great Julie Bowen, pictured left) — you do the math. Same goes for “The Big Bang Theory.” I’m loving seeing it go to No. 1 (among primetime comedies) with a bullet. So well-deserved.

Between “Big Bang” (pictured below) and “Modern Family,” I feel spoiled to have two young and growing comedies to look forward to each week. The shows make me laugh (out loud — they are not infected with the cleverness virus) in very different ways. With “Modern Family,” it’s usually because I can give a knowing nod to one thread of the storyline as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister or a friend. And with “Big Bang” I laugh because they are very funny fellows (including Kaley Cuoco) doing silly things that, more often than not, make me laugh. You can’t ask for more on a Monday night.

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