Jenna Kim Jones: What are you watching on television tonight, tomorrow and beyond?
“1600 Penn” – NBC, Jan. 10. Based on previews, “1600 Penn” is about a quirky United States president and his goofy family, starring Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad. Gad, who has guest starred on “Modern Family” and also stars on Broadway in “The Book of Mormon” musical, plays a college-age son who gets into quite a bit of trouble. I don’t know much about the show but would be willing to give a comedy about the White House a shot.
“Community” — NBC, Feb 7, 8 p.m. This show, about a study group of misfits attending community college, has been hanging on a cancellation thread since it premiered in 2009. It has been renewed for one more season and was originally banished to the Friday night slot, which is where all shows go to die. Recently, it was shown some mercy and will air on Thursday in what used to be “30 Rock’s” slot.
“Smash” — NBC, Feb. 5. Since this show premiered, I have often accidentally called it “Shame” instead of “Smash.” I like to think it’s because any show with singing and dancing reminds me of the classic TV show "Fame" so my brain merges smash and fame together. Truthfully, shame is how I feel when I watch it. If “Smash” is an accurate depiction of the Broadway world, I will probably never sing a show tune on the big stage, which is a shame because I am an excellent tap dancer.
“Up All Night” — NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. (until January). You can expect a few more episodes of “Up All Night” on Thursday nights after which it will go into hiatus for three months and return as a multi-camera sitcom that will be shot in front of a live audience (much like “Guys with Kids,” “The Big Bang Theory,” etc). Why the change? The network thinks “Up All Night” needs a reboot and since Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett always seem to steal the show on “Saturday Night Live,” executive producer Lorne Michaels thinks they’ll do even better in front of a live audience. “Up All Night” isn’t quirky like “30 Rock," so I’m hoping a live audience will give it new life.
There are plenty of shows to watch this season, and I didn’t mention some of my favorites including “Raising Hope,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation,” but I’ll stop here. If you’d like to catch up on some shows that premiered this season, many episodes are available for free online at abc.com, nbc.com, fox.com, cbs.com and cwtv.com.
Jenna Kim Jones is a writer and stand up comedian in the Los Angeles area. She will be performing in Salt Lake City at Wiseguys Comedy Club on Nov. 16-17. For more information, please visit her website at www.jennakimjones.com.