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Ozzie, Harriet, Samantha and Hot Lips (2009 editions)

Halloween may still be six weeks off, but don't be surprised if you hear an eerie wail from the ghosts of Modernfamily  Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Samantha Stephens and Hot Lips Houlihan as you watch TV Wednesday night. It's an evening for reworked genres, and the wraiths may be outraged -- and in a couple of cases, a little jealous -- at the posthumous cosmetic surgery they've undergone.

I don't know if Ozzie and Harriet will like the new versions of themselves in ABC's Modern Family, but I certainly did. For the first time since Married . . . With Children stood the genre on its head two decades ago, somebody has come up with a new take on the family sitcom, and the results are riotously funny. NBC's medical drama about a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking and kind of lovable nurse just back from Iraq is very good. And as for the witches of ABC's Eastwick: burn, baby, burn.

Read my my full reviews of all three in Wednesday's Miami Herald.


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