Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2013-2014 Sitcoms: Fox

Fox's comedy lineup is expanding on Tuesday nights and has a very poor lead-in with this Seth MacFarlane produced series.  MacFarlane's attention is clearly moving away from television and two of his animated series have cancelations announced.  It is a likable cast but it does not seem funny at all.  It feels very much like a cable sitcom and can see this being canceled early on.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
This series should however be a much larger success.  Not sure how NBC missed out on this, but it has the best credentials of any new sitcom this season.  It is developed by Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and has a cast including Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti and Terry Crews.  As much as I am not a fan of Samberg's man child persona he is recognizable and Bruagher should be able to balance him out.  This follows a trend of popular cop comedies such as 21 Jump Street and The Heat.  This series should help out Fox's comedy lineup considerably.

New Girl
This is Fox's biggest comedy critical and commercial hit.  Despite being shut out by the Emmys last season was very well received and now that the first season is on Netflix its audience should be expanding.  At the end of the season Nick and Jess ended their ongoing sexual tension, which can be risky for a sitcom.  But I am excited to see more of it, has a decent following.

The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling's series had a good first season, Kaling and Chris Messina are great leads and the writing can be very good.  However the first season felt uneven as it transitioned through several cast members.  If the series has found its identity it should have an excellent second season.  Can see it improving ala season 2 of The Office and Parks and Recreation.  It has a great foundation to build from.

Fridays (Starting in November)
Raising Hope
This is the longest sitcom Fox has had since 'Til Death.  Does not do well in ratings, but it is well liked and is dependable in quality.  Should do well on Fridays, but can see it replacing Dads on Tuesday nights.

Chris Lowell and Keith David are the recognizable stars in this military based sitcom.  Looks to be a tough sell, but also looks pretty funny.  Could do well by Friday standards but could also fail early.

Surviving Jack
Anyone who has seen Wet Hot American Summer knows that Chris Meloni can do comedy and he is an ideal lead for a sitcom.  However this series seems to lack a decent hook.  Don't see this one succeeding when it airs.

Us & Them
An adaptation of a British series.  Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter look like a likable couple (although it is a little awkward when you consider that Ritter dated Lauren Graham on Parenthood).  Features Jane Kaczmarcek and Kerri Kenney-Silver as the characters mothers and other recognizable actors like Michael Ian Black.  Curious about this but don't see it being a long runner.

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