Every television season we get hit with brand new shows that try to break through, trump the current, or replace those that retired. And it’s not easy. We are a routine based culture when it comes to TV and viewers like proven, consistent, and the familiar, making it that much harder to succeed. However, every show that fits all three of those molds had to debut at one point. So to help you out this fall television season, let’s take a deeper look at all the new comedy offerings hitting your tube later this month and beyond to help you decide if it’s worth replacing that show you know you’ve been meaning to give up. There are a lot of new shows to choose from including familiar brands, familiar faces, and some all around fresh takes. So break out your calendar and let’s get to marking.
Ash vs. Evil Dead – Premieres October 31 9:00p – STARZ
It’s time to watch SMART, S-MART. The upcoming American horror comedy series created by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell is coming to Starz for 10 episodes. It is set in the Evil Dead franchise and serves as a sequel to The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. The story picks up 30 years after the later and follows Ash as he battles a new Deadite threat. Joining the much beloved cult-favorite universe are Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Ray Santiago (Raising Hope), Dana DeLorenzo (Workaholics) and Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow).
Truth Be Told – Premieres October 16 8:30p – NBC
Formerly known as People Are Talking, the series revolves around two diverse couples, who are best friends and neighbors. They share their observations about the world around them. The show centers around Mitch (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a college ethics professor who is determined to change the part of the world he lives in today. Alongside Mitch is his wife of five years, Tracy (Vanessa Lachey), who is also an attorney and loving mom to their four-year-old daughter, Sadie. Right next door is Mitch’s best friend, Russell (Tone Bell), a stand-up comedian and often Mitch’s voice of reason, and Russell’s new wife Angie (Bresha Webb), who always keeps him in check. The show is loosely based on the life of creator and executive producer DJ Nash (Growing Up Fisher, ‘Til Death).
Benders – Premieres October 1 10p – IFC
This hockey themed ensemble comedy coming from Jim Serpico (Rescue Me, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) and Tom Sellitti (Sirens, Maron) is IFC’s first. It follows a group of friends who are bonded together by their totally irrational obsession with men’s hockey culminating with their own team named Chubbys. The cast is stacked with the next wave of upcoming comedians and actors in Lindsey Broad (The Office), Chris Distefano (Girl Code), Mark Gessner (Orange Is the New Black), Ruy Iskandar (Gotham) and Andrew Schulz (Guy Code). Cameos are abound from Jim Norton (Inside Amy Schumer), The Sopranos‘ Steve Schirripa, and Saturday Night Live‘s Jim Breuer.
The Muppets – Premieres September 22 8p – ABC
Waka Waka Waka! The Muppets are back, but not as you’ve known them. In this more adult-themed approach, The Muppets will be shown in a modern-day documentary style, think The Office, that focuses on Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the team as they run a late-night show. Classic “meta Muppets” theme. The Big Bang Theory‘s Bill Prady is behind the new magic with cameos from Elizabeth Banks, Topher Grace, Riki Lindhome, Laurence Fishburne, and Josh Groban among others.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Premieres October 19 8p – CW
This show is an upcoming musical comedy-drama that follows Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a single woman and her elusive pursuit of her longtime soul mate Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III), who dumped her while they were dating in high school in 2005. It’s now 2015 and after being inspired by a TV commercial for a butter spread, she restarts her pursuit of Josh after she spots him in New York City. When he tells her that he is moving, Rebecca decides to move there as well, hoping that it will give her a fresh start and hopefully bring her closer to him. The show was created by Rachel Bloom who has written for Robot Chicken, appeared in How I Met Your Mother, and lent her voice to BoJack Horseman.