1) I’m still uncomfortable with the mix on “Suburgatory” of real characters like the ones played by Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy with cartoons like the ones played by Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell, but the show works. If anything, Wednesday’s second episode was even more enjoyable than the pilot.
2) There are times I’m watching Levy and she seems too mature for the part (even though I realize the girl is supposed to be pretty mature, so what am I worried about?), but in any case, the revelation from Wednesday’s episode was how well she plays vulnerability. She really is a find.
3) “Modern Family” still reigns on Wednesdays, with Ty Burrell just so amazingly reliable. Today’s quibble: Knowing from the first scene in the Cameron-Mitchell plot exactly how that storyline was going to end. However, as my colleague Stuart Levine points out, the “Stella!” moments were all worth it.
4) The Shelby Foote of PBS’ “Prohibition” — the breakout talking head that, at least from the first two hours I’ve seen, most compares with the star of Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” doc — is Catherine Gilbert Murdock. She’s nothing like Foote in appearance, but completely like him in her enthusiasm for the subject and her ability to convey it.
5) Speaking of PBS, let me be the first to tell you that Cyndi Lauper will host the Nov. 18 segment of the pubcaster’s Arts Fall Festival, “Women Who Rock.”
7) ABC’s “Body of Proof” has been giving CBS rookie “Unforgettable” a run for its money in the ratings, both in the demo and overall viewers, which I have to admit has surprised me.