Here’s the latest dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media:

A Christmas Carol. Christmas episodes used to be a staple of network sitcoms but seem much less common these days. Since Carol Second Act is pretty much an ode the art of the traditional sitcom, it’s nice to see the show which stars Patricia Heaton (of the true sitcom classic Everybody Loves Raymond) as Dr. Carol Kenney, an AARP-eligible intern at Loyola Memorial Hospital – a sort of flipside of Doogie Howser, MD (another classic sitcom).  Anyway, in the Christmas episode, Carol is planning a Christmas celebration while her adult daughter Jenny (Ashley Tisdale) plans a secret first date with Dr. Daniel Kutcher (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), an egotistical-but-idealistic young physician who is part of Carol’s intern group.

The Christmas episode of Carol’s Second Act airs tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 12) at 9:30 PM ET. It’s a fine, promising show and part of a sitcom bloc that includes two current classics (Young Sheldon at 8:00 PM ET and Mom at 9:00 PM ET) and one clinker (The Unicorn at 8:30 PM ET). BTW, regarding that 8:30 PM slot. CBS would do well to move the excellent Bob Hearts Abishola into the time period.  That would give CBS a solid two-hour bloc of funny, heartfelt sitcoms. Just a thought.

 

More from Beliefnet and our partners
previous posts

Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith and media: A dozen thoughts from America’s COVID-19 capital, New York State. Thought 1. I like everyone hope and pray this thing ends quickly with as little death and suffering as possible. Thought 2. I think our Republican president and our Democratic governor are doing their best […]

Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith and media: I believe in music. It’s one of God’s greatest gifts for lifting the spirit and expressing positive ideas. Here are five expressions of musical wisdom that I think are apt during this weird period of social distancing. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s in […]

Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith and media: Last Sunday Ben Affleck attended the non-denominational Mosaic church in Hollywood. Afterward he sat down for an absolutely excellent interview with nationally renowned and well-respected Senior Pastor Erwin McManus. In the far-reaching conversation, they touch on matters of faith, doubt, failure, forgiveness, relationships, sobriety and […]

Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith and media: To Sir with Love meets Northern Exposure. That plot from one of my all-time favorite films mixed with a dash of a classic TV show sort of describes the plot to The Grizzlies (opening wide in theaters next month). Except The Grizzlies is based on […]