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By admin Published: September 30, 2009

New: "Hank," "The Middle," both ABC.
Dead and gone: "The Beautiful Life: TBL," the first cancellation of the current TV season.

That's an odd pairing of comedies on ABC for the simple reason that "Hank" stars Kelsey Grammer and "The Middle" stars NE Ohio's own Patricia Heaton, and Grammer and Heaton co-starred in the sitcom "Back to You" not long ago. "Back to You" had potential, and might have realized it if it had gotten a second season. But even what got on the air of it was better than anything in "Hank," a dreary comedy with Grammer as a rich man who has to start over after losing his fortune. Blah. "The Middle," with Heaton as a working mom, is much brighter and better. The jokes snap, the performances are good and it has the sort of rapid-fire editing that marked "Arrested Development" and "Scrubs." It's one I will be coming back to. "Hank," though, no thanks.

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