Yeah and I like that there's more family scenes with ppl I'd usually forget were related. Before, I don't think Vicki would have showed up at the hospital for Dani because she would have had scenes that only focused around her and just the immediate family would have been at the hospital. And we do get more of the whole cast in an episode than before.
Even though Bo and Nora scenes are kind of pointless it's kind of a good thing because they're happy. If there were actually something going on they'd have them on the verge of divorce.
The show wasn't really an hour before though, you have to account for the commercials. They had bout 25 mins worth of commercials so the show was actually 35 mins. When you find the entire episodes on YouTube they're only 35 mins long. So the show is only 10 mins shorter than before.