The fall premiere whirlwind has ended, but there are still a few trickles here and there. Like tonight’s two ABC premieres.

Last season, Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton starred in the Fox sitcom, “Back To You.” It was a modest hit, but not a big enough hit for Fox, as they canceled it after just one season. I never actually watched the show because, as talented as they may be–and I do think they have some comedic talent–I just can not stand either Kelsey Grammer or Patricia Heaton. I’m not entirely sure why.

Now they’re back, albeit on separate sitcoms, airing back to back. At 8 P.M. Grammer stars in “Hank” as a former Wall Street exec who loses his job and must move to a small town in Virginia with his family. Comedy jokes, my friends!

At 8:30 P.M. Heaton stars in “The Middle,” which is also set in the middle of nowhere (hence the title), this time in Indiana. She’s a harried mom. She has screwed up kids. And her husband is the Janitor.

Of the two, Patricia Heaton’s show seems a tad less horrible, but not by much. Needless to say, I don’t think these two will be getting a TiVo season pass any time soon.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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