TV picks for Aug. 8

  • Article by: BY NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2012 - 3:05 PM

'Modern Family' among the best sitcoms on television.

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Matthew Perry as Ryan King in "Go On," NBC's first offering for the new fall TV season.

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Rich humor

Why did the studio pull up the armored truck to increase the salaries for the cast of "Modern Family" (8 and 8:30 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5)? Because it's quite simply one of the best sitcoms in TV history. These two repeats are the strongest evidence. The first features a wicked guest appearance by Ellen Barkin and the second finds Julie Bowen flustered as she campaigns for a spot on the city council. Well worth the big bucks.

Southfork suds

"Dallas" (8 p.m., TNT) ends its very successful 10-episode run with an episode in which the family rallies behind one of their own when he faces a medical crisis. I'm no doctor, but I'm sure the ailment can be cured with a quick trip to the showers.

Making new friends

Bad news: The new fall season is shaping up to be a dismal one. The exception: "Go On" (10:04 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11), which gets a commercial-free sneak peek following Olympics coverage. A kinder, gentler Matthew Perry stars as a sports-radio host who's reluctant to seek therapy after the death of his wife. Not the funniest of premises, but Perry and his strong cast make the best of it.

NEAL JUSTIN

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