ABC's upfronts were today, so you know what that means: more trailers! I hope you're not sick of watching and judging comedies based on about 3 minutes thrown together, because I know I'm not.
The massive Modern Family aside, ABC has had some difficulty getting their comedies to build both buzz and an audience at the same time.
Happy Endings might have had plenty of buzz and a cult following, but the ratings ended up axing the show. Same for the late, great Apartment 23. So this season, I'm guessing ABC will look for comedies that can attract that rabid cult audience while still maintaining broad appeal.
So which comedies will be must watch, which trailers are going to make us cringe like crazy, and which shows will end up cancelled before October? Let's take a look!
Super Fun Night
When: Wednesdays 9:30pm
The Plot: A junior attorney has spent every Friday night for the past 13 years hanging out at home with her two best friends. Now, to get ahead in her career and her personal life she's going to get out and have some adventures.
Prognosis: Rebel Wilson is both charming and funny and the show comes from executive producer Conan O'Brien. My guess is the show will lean pretty heavy on jokes about the group's nerdy behavior, much like early New Girl did with Zooey Deschanel's adorkable sthick. But with good behind the scenes talent and Wilson in front of the camera, I think this could become a solidly funny sitcom. I'm always for seeing female friendship portrayed in new ways on TV outside of the Sex and the City mold. Plus nerdy ladies don't pop up much on the dial and certainly don't helm shows. Excited to see where this heads.
When: Tuesdays 9:00pm
The Plot: A family comedy set in the crazy world of the 1980s!
Prognosis: Some solid chuckles in the trailer, but is it just me or is this TV season weirdly obsessed with nostalgia? What's with all these shows set in the not-so-distant (read 80s and 90s) past? Still could be some fun to be had, and the 80s child in me finds it hard to dislike any trailer that uses Wang Chung.
When: Tuesdays 9:30pm
The Plot: A man's third wife struggles to deal with the new insta-extended family she's married into.
Prognosis: Lots of talented folks in front of the camera in this comedy, including Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, and Marcia Gay Harden. The extended family riff is an obvious play for the ratings numbers pulled down by Modern Family and it looks like it might be a pretty solid comedy. This is one of those trailers that's sort of middle of the road: not cringe-inducing bad (looking at you, most of NBC's comedies!) but not really anything to put on the calendar either.
Back in The Game
When: Wednesdays 8:30pm
The Plot: A former softball player moves back home with her emotionally stunted dad after a messy divorce, and starts coaching her son's baseball team. Good luck, because they're all the worst of the worst.
Prognosis: It's Bad News Bears the sitcom! That's no strike against the show because who doesn't love that movie? Again, great talent on display here (James Caan!) and some solid jokes in the trailer. Plus it's hard to go wrong with a ragtag group of misfits, just ask every teen movie from the 80s. If it can deliver on some of the promise of the trailer, this could become a great sports comedy, which is something we certainly haven't seen for awhile.
What do you think? Are you excited about any of the shows? What will you be watching? Sound off in the comments!
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