TV Time Out

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Can’t say I’m a fan of heart-warming TV shows of the perfect family or tales about zombies.

Or worse, television stories about zombies pretending to be the perfect family.

Nevertheless, time to provide an update on TV shows.

“Speechless” is an ABC comedy about a family with a disabled youngster in a wheelchair. This could be touchy, but the series succeeds with the comedic timing of a headstrong mother, played by Minnie Driver, and a harried dad (John Ross Bowie).

I wondered if this story would have staying power, given the fragile topic, but so far, so good.

“Superior Donuts” on CBS could have easily slipped into stereotype with a gruff owner and a street-smart kid working in a donut shot.

I’m still warming to this offering, and I have trust in the lead actor, Judd Hirsch, of “Taxi” fame.

“The Middle” continues to entertain with another harried dad, played by Neil Flynn, who is resigned to family matters beyond his control, including a book-loving son, Brick, and socially awkward daughter, Sue.

I still enjoy my longtime standards, “Modern Family” and “Big Bang Theory” and my new can’t-miss, “Life in Pieces.”



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