It’s the best time of year…the return of television! As someone who’s TiVo is considered part of the family (if it could cook, I’d marry it) it’s time to set the season passes for the new comedies premiering. Here’s our take on the new comedies premiering this fall season and our predictions on how we think they will fare.
Up All Night – NBC
Premieres Wednesday, September 14th at 10pm (normal timeslot 8pm after that)
NBC has enough comedies coming this season that they are actually taking a stab at launching a Wednesday night comedy block. This must mean their 3hour Thursday block experiment last season didn’t work out. It also means they are going to compete with the Wednesday night comedy block that ABC established with Modern Family, The Middle, and Cougar Town.
The first comedy in this block is Up All Night which boasts a terrific cast in Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph – whose role in the show has been increased since the breakout success of Bridesmaids. The show is produced by Lorne Michaels and was created by SNL/Parks And Recreation writer Emily Spivey. Arnett and Applegate play a husband and wife of former partiers and gives them a kid. Applegate attempts to go back to her hip job as a producer for a talk show host played by Rudolph. Hilarity ensues and it seems the plan is to limit the baby humor. There’s also word that Will Forte and Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live) are already slated for guest appearances.
OUR CALL: We hope this one lasts, there’s a great comedic pedigree here and Arnett is way too comedically talented to not have a hit sitcom on his hands. He tried with Running Wilde last season but still seems to be ratings poison.
Free Agents – NBC
Premieres Wednesday, September 14th at 10:30 (normal timeslot 8:30pm after)
Free Agents is based on a British sitcom of the same name and stars Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) and Kathryn Hahn as two PR agents that try to figure out their working relationship after sleeping together. Perhaps the most exciting element of this show is the supporting cast. Not one, but three terrific comedians fill out the supporting roles – Natasha Leggero, Al Madrigal, and Mo Mandel join in the workplace. Also, Joe Lo Truglio (The State, Superbad) supports the cast as a security guard in the building. The show was adapted for US television by John Enbom, a man responsible for the brilliant comedy Party Down as it’s co-creator, showrunner, and script writer.
OUR CALL: This too has promise as NBC’s had success adapting British comedies in the past (The Office) but they’ve also failed as well (Coupling). Either way, they are still drawing from the British sitcom pool as Greg Daniels who helped bring us The Office is already working on Friday Night Dinner. When are we going to get the US version of The IT Crowd?
2 Broke Girls – CBS
Premieres Monday September 19th at 8:30pm
This is the first of two fall sitcoms that has Whitney Cummings’ name associated with. 2 Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings (The House Bunny, Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and Beth Behrs as the leads. Two women eeking out an existence in New York City as waitresses. Behrs is from money while Dennings is not, hilarity ensues. Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live) plays the supporting role as the cashier at the diner the ladies work at.
OUR CALL: With How I Met Your Mother as the show’s lead-in on CBS’s damn solid Monday night comedy lineup of HIMYM, Mike & Molly, and Two And A Half Men this will probably be a winner even if it gets critically panned. While I have to give credit to CBS for at least attempting to reach a demo younger than my grandparents, as long as this sitcom holds the audience on Monday nights it will probably be on the air longer than any of us will realize, like every other CBS show.