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Video Preview for Premiere of Better Off Ted with Jay Harrington and Portia de Rossi

TV Tonight: Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted, which premieres tonight on ABC, is a smart and sarcastic comedy that I think will be a solid counterpart for Scrubs in the 8 p.m. hour. It's also very quirky, which I can imagine being interpreted as "very weird," which means I wouldn't be surprised if it struggles in the ratings and gets canceled early. But luckily, Ted is the kind of show that can make you laugh even if you don't want to get too attached.

Set at the fictional Veridian Dynamics (which makes nearly everything you buy . . . except maybe cows), the show stars Jay Harrington navigating the world of corporate politics and office romance — and doing a pretty fine job of messing up both. It's a deadpan send-up of corporate culture, especially in the science world (they freeze their coworker in the first episode!), and it features a number of fine performances.

The best of those might come from Portia de Rossi, who's absolutely perfect as Ted's buttoned-up, hysterically ruthless boss (someone at TCA actually asked de Rossi how she maintains such good posture, since her character is instantly recognizable both for her stick-straight spine and prim suits). I'm also a big fan of Andrea Anders, whose character hoards creamer and who tries (and, it seems, usually fails) to stick up for the little people at the wrong end of Veridian's experiments.

Are you interested in adding this show to your roster? To check out a couple of clips,


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redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i watched this last night and was pretty surprised. it was very cute. portia was great and jay harrington is yummy and pretty funny too.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
"And more filled with hate!" Awesome.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
thanks for the reminder...just set the will be nice to have something following scrubs
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm going to record this...looks pretty funny.
care0531 care0531 8 years
It looks funny and I sure hope it does well. I like Portia and I haven't seen her in much lately- just the media for being married to Ellen.
nancita nancita 8 years
I'll give it a chance. They hooked me with the weaponized pumpkin.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
i don't have a lot of interest in this show, but i'll check it out since i'm all about comedies lately
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
Nitachequita, i too am a huge Portia fan. I think I will watch this tonight.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thanks for the reminder; I'll check it out tonight.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I'm a big Portia fan. Loved her in Ally, loved her even more in Arrested. And she was totally adorable on Ellen the other day.
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