Articles for Better Off Ted Season 1

Despite premiering to humble ratings, ABC‘s Better Off Ted was generally well-received by critics.  The sci-fi comedy opened in the offices of Veridian Dynamics, where we met protagonist Ted, played by Jay Harrington, who gave the viewers a running tour of the place, including what happens on an average day.  We got to meet his minions, Lem and Phil, played by Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin, who were working on zany experiments that included pumpkin weapons and edible steel.  There‘s also his boss, played by Portia de Rossi, and his love interest Linda who‘s a product tester, played by Andrea Anders.  On its first offering, Ted was caught in the middle when the company decided to freeze Phil (Jonathan Slavin) in its new cryogenics chamber.Meanwhile, on tonight‘s episode called “Heroes,” Ted and Veronica (de Rossi) fake an award for Phil so he won‘t sue the company, following the altercation from last episode. Read more »
The Office with a geeky twist.Better Off Ted is a single-camera satirical comedy that premiered on March 2009. It follows Ted (Jay Harrington), the head of Research and Development at a multinational company called Veridian Dynamics. Read more »
Better Off Ted remains in the "bubble," so to speak, and as its season (or series) finale airs tonight, there are still six unaired episodes which have been filmed should ABC decide to renew the quirky rookie comedy.  Tonight on "Get Happy," Veridian Dynamics big boss Veronica (Portia de Rossi) works on improving company morale.  She also plans to reinvent herself as someone more likeable.  All these, after a survey reveals that the staff is miserable.  As for Ted (Jay Harrington), he tries to win over an older demographic. On the last episode of Better Off Ted, Ted was inadvertently deleted from Verdian‘s system when he tried to fix his employee ID, and, as the lab fell into chaos, his peers tried to remedy the situation to the best of their meager abilities. Read more »
ABC unveiled its Fall schedule today and it features an ambitious lineup of new series to premiere all season long.  The schedule features eight new shows, including a Wednesday night that contains nothing but new programs.  This is identical to the strategy ABC used two years ago when it premiered three new hour-long shows on Wednesdays.The new Wednesday, however, features four new half-hour comedies which I will tentatively title the Back to You reject lineup, as three of the sitcoms star former cast members of that failed FOX sitcom, including Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Ty Burrell.  The other big change to the schedule is that Ugly Betty has been bumped to Fridays, wedged between Supernanny and 20/20.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »
As ABC starts ridding its inventory of the canceled shows - and there are a lot - the alphabet network is set to air the remaining episodes of shows that were taken off schedule in the last month or so.  Among them is comedy Better Off Ted, but unlike Pushing Daisies or Eli Stone, the geeky workplace comedy will be returning for its sophomore season.On the episode called "You Are the Boss of Me," Lem (Malcolm Barrett) and Phil (Jonathan Slavin) reluctantly invite Ted (Jay Harrington) to their Medieval Fight Club, since their boss finds himself with time on his hands while his ex-wife tends to their daughter.  Phil is excited, but Lem is suspect about trying to be friends with his boss, comparing it to a ventriloquist offering to pal around with his dummy.  As it turns out, they have reason to be concerned since Ted gets way too into the Medieval Fight Club, and even takes advantage of his role as boss to keep them in line when they object. Read more »

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