Scoop: SUBURGATORY on ABC - Wednesday, January 9, 2013
"Black Thai" - When Tessa and Dalia get their PSAT results, Dalia receives a new car and Tessa gets ice cream as a reward. Tessa is miffed that Dalia got a car, and becomes obsessed with finding out Dalia's score. The rift between the girls leads to an argument between George and Dallas, and the only thing that can help them is an old fashioned hip hop dance off. Meanwhile Noah and Jill hire Mr. Wolfe to tutor their baby after he's rejected by the finest day care in Chatswin, on "Suburgatory," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Single father George only wants the best for his 16-year-old daughter, Tessa. So when he finds a box of condoms on her nightstand, he moves them both out of their apartment in New York City to a house in the suburbs. But all Tessa sees is the horror of over-manicuRed Lawns and plastic Franken-moms. Being in the 'burbs can be hell, but it also may just bring Tessa and George closer than they've ever been.
Tessa (JANE LEVY) and George (Jeremy Sisto) have been on their own ever since Tessa's mom pulled a "Kramer vs. Kramer" before Tessa was even potty trained. So far George has done a pretty good job of raising Tessa without a maternal figure in their lives, but suddenly he's feeling a little out of his league. So it's goodbye New York City and hello suburbs. At first Tessa is horrified by the big-haired, fake-boobed mothers and their sugar-free, Red Bull-chugging kids. But little by little, she and her dad begin finding a way to survive on the clean streets of the 'burbs. Sure, the neighbors might smother you with love while their kids stare daggers at your back, but underneath all that plastic and caffeine, they're really not half bad. And they do make a tasty pot roast.
This season George prepares to loosen his grip and say "Yes." "Yes," for example, to allowing Tessa the room to discover if Chatswin is for her. Nor is there much George can do to prevent Tessa's growing interest in her biological mother; her frequent trips to NYC leave him suffering from empty nest syndrome. Meanwhile, with Eden out of the picture, Dallas (Cheryl Hines) sees this as her time to strike... George May find himself saying "Yes" to Dallas as well. How could he not, after the lengths she has gone to in trying to seduce him? (Think: costume changes, dry ice, back-up singers, pyrotechnics, catering). The two might embark on a whirlwind romance that would surprise everyone - not least George and Dallas. Meanwhile, Dalia (Carly Chaikin) and Tessa will find they have something in common. But that's not what surprises Tessa the most; what actually surprises her the most is how much she misses Chatswin when she's not there... And more specifically, whom she misses.
In Season Two, as Tessa comes to terms with unexpected feelings that have evolved for a certain someone across the street -- and no, it's not Lisa (Allie Grant) - she and George Will Bond over their unlikely partners, as well as the realization that Chatswin might be home after all.
"Suburgatory" stars Jeremy Sisto ("Law & Order") as George Altman, JANE LEVY ("Shameless") as Tessa Altman, Carly Chaikin ("The Last Song") as Dalia Royce, Rex Lee ("Entourage") as Mr. Wolfe, Allie Grant ("Weeds") as Lisa Shay, Alan Tudyk ("V") as Noah Werner, Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") as Dallas Royce, Ana Gasteyer ("Saturday Night Live") as Sheila Shay and Chris Parnell ("30 Rock") as Fred Shay.
Emily Kapnek ("Hung") writes and executive-produces this bitingly ironic single-camera comedy, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television. "Suburgatory" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.