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Surprising and eccentric, ABC's 'Downward Dog' finds Allison Tolman and her (talking) pet on journeys of self-discovery

Surprising and eccentric, ABC's 'Downward Dog' finds Allison Tolman and her (talking) pet on journeys of self-discovery

As happens more often in cable than in broadcast television, "Downward Dog," a new ABC comedy, began as a Web series. Created by Michael Killen and Samm Hodges for Animal, a Pittsburgh advertising, production and video effects company, the original eight episodes, which last all of eight minutes combined, are still up on Vimeo to see, and though they are lovely, I would wait to watch them, in order to take the TV series fresh.

Opening Wednesday with a "sneak preview" — that is, it's being hitched to the "Modern Family" season finale — before taking up its regular Tuesday night post May 23, "Dog" is a relatively quiet, at times almost...

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