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Though weight might be at the crux of the new series “Mike & Molly,” don’t expect to hear only a barrage of fat jokes from start to finish. Exec producers Mark Roberts and Chuck Lorre believe that in order for the show to succeed, the attraction of the characters played by Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy will be based on similarities that have nothing to do with visits to Overeaters Anonymous sessions. “It’s a show about people trying to make their lives better and find someone that they can have a committed relationship with,” Lorre said. “It’s about real people, real problems. If we’re still talking about this issue (weight) come episode six, we’ve got a serious problem because it would get tired really quickly. It’s not enough to hang a series on, not by any stretch of the imagination.”
NEW FOR ’10 “Blue Blood”
An Eye mainstay for decades with “Magnum P.I.” and the “Jesse Stone” telepics, this time Tom Selleck is the top cop of the NYPD, with his kid Donnie Wahlberg on the force. Selleck will undoubtedly be asked to choose between family and work. For which will he turn a blind eye?
Bringing a death penalty case to Las Vegas-based tongue-in-cheek defense attorneys Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell might not be the best strategy, but the duo should have an eclectic group of clients to have fun with. Pilot indicates this should be far less serious than other 10 o’clock dramas.
The Pacific waters will be just as blue, the iconic theme song remains the same and like in the original, there’s only so many places a crook can run from the law on an island. With “Moonlight” and “Three Rivers” in his rear window, Alex O’Loughlin gets some more CBS love as the new Steve McGarrett. He’s backed up by energetic detective Scott Caan and TV faves Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”) and Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”).
“$#*! My Dad Says”
Based on the popular Twitter feed, exec producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick try to bring a little “Will & Grace” magic to this William Shatner vehicle. Looks like they might have their work cut out for them as the inauspicious pilot needed to be recast, rewritten and reshot.