Series of Tubes: Wednesday's Premieres (Modern Family, Eastwick)

OK, so I totally intended to watch “Modern Family” and “Eastwick” last night, but I ended up watching Phillies-Marlins instead.

I finally caught up with them today, so here’s my “less-than-rapid” reaction.

Modern Family (9 ET on ABC)
This show was super-promoted on ABC. It’s got a ton of people who were in stuff I liked before. I figured it couldn’t be that bad. It was.

The best jokes (and I use best as a relative term) were already used in the commercials. The characters are incredibly one-dimensional, and I’m not sure there was a plot.

The only saving graces were the lovely Sofia Vergara (who was on “Knights of Prosperity”, which should have never been canceled), and Ed O’Neill being Al Bundy with a hotter wife (at one point, he called his adopted Vietnamese granddaughter “the little potsticker”).
Score: 3 (out of 10 -- 2 for Vergara’s rack, 1 for O’Neill’s dry humor)

Eastwick (10 ET on ABC)
A couple weeks ago, when “Vampire Diaries” premiered on The CW, I complained that it was too much “Diaries”, not enough “Vampire”. Then, the next week, things got better.

I’m hoping “Eastwick” is the same. This episode had a TON of set-up, but not nearly enough payoff. I guess with character introductions, that’s usually necessary, but as someone who’s seen “Witches of Eastwick”, I didn’t need that much character introduction.

I really like Rebecca Romijn in her role, though she reminds me a little bit of an older version of Phoebe Halliwell from the early seasons of “Charmed” -- complete with the premonitions. Also, she’s a HUGE upgrade from Cher.

Paul Gross, playing the Jack Nicholson role, is solid, but he’s no Jack. Also, I was sort of enjoying Lindsay Price, until I made the connection that she played Cathy the overtalker in “How I Met Your Mother” a couple years back. Now she just annoys the hell out of me.

Still, this show has potential.
Score: 6 (out of 10)