Pretty Face Malin Akerman, 'Bridesmaids' and 'Curb' Vets, and the Return of Caan Bring the Funny to ABC This Fall
ABC's new fall comedies — "Trophy Wife," "The Goldbergs," and "Back in the Game" — don't start for another couple of weeks, but Yahoo TV has their debut episodes now. Watch the trio of shows in full below!
Sure, leggy blonde Malin Akerman has done comedic roles before — see "The Proposal," "Burning Love," "The Comeback," and "Childrens Hospital" — and usually she's bringing the funny as part of a large ensemble, as a character whose time onscreen almost qualifies as a cameo or "camera candy." But in ABC's new fall sitcom "Trophy Wife," she's finally front and center in the lead, scoring a fair share of the laughs all by herself.
That's not to say her good looks didn't also help her get the part or that she isn't surrounded by a strong supporting cast that help make the show one to watch. It is called "Trophy Wife" after all.
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The pilot introduces irresponsible party girl Kate who gained an "insta-family" after falling for (and onto the lap of) older man Pete (Bradley Whitford) at a karaoke bar where she shows off those "Rock of Ages" pipes again. The meet-cute, as well as Kate's introduction to Pete's two exes and three children, is shown in flashback before we skip ahead to after Pete has put a ring on it for the third time.
The pilot dives straight into Kate's new and confusing life as a stepmom. Her day-to-day existence has gone from getting wasted nightly and eating ramen to attempting (and failing) to cook the most important meal of the day and attending parent-teacher conferences. Judging her at every turn are twin teenagers Hillary and Warren (Bailee Madison and Ryan Scott Lee); their rigid, intense, and overachieving mom Diane (Marcia Gay Harden), who is a former Olympic athlete turned doctor; as well as spouse No. 2, a hippie-dippy hugger named Jackie (Michaela Watkins); and her adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), the funniest mature-for-their-age Asian kid character since Lily in "Modern Family." However, unlike Lily, this kid gets giggles by being all kinds of awkward and goofy. There's also a best friend (Natalie Morales) to remind Kate of her carefree days of yore.