Friday, May 18, 2007

New Fall 2007 Sitcoms Preview

Today we take a look at the new sitcoms that made the networks' schedules. There will be a total of 10 new sitcoms this season, including 1 that will air in January and 3 that will air at mid-season. 6 will be single-camera. 4 will be multi-camera. Some familiar faces returning to sitcoms include Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Jean Smart, Fred Goss, Faith Ford, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Amy Pietz.




ABC

Sam I Am

Sam I Am - Mondays at 9:30PM EST/PST (9:00PM EST/PST after Dancing with the Stars concludes) on ABC

When a terrible accident leaves Samantha “Sam” Newly in a coma for eight days, she wakes up with no recollection of any past experiences, memories or events. Faced with amnesia, Sam must start over. To her dismay she discovers that she wasn’t a particularly honest, good-hearted or loving person. In fact she was self-involved, narcissistic and devoid of real relationships - essentially a bitch. Sam must now struggle with her desire to be good and her temptation to be...not so good. Finding the line between good and evil is never easy.

Cast:
Christina Applegate (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”): Sam
Jennifer Esposito (“Related”): Andrea
Kevin Dunn (“Prison Break”): Howard
Melissa McCarthy (“Gilmore Girls”): Dena
Tim Russ (“Without a Trace”): Frank
Jean Smart (“24”): Regina
Barry Watson (“What About Brian”): Todd

Credits:
Story By: Cecelia Ahern & Donald Todd
Teleplay: Donald Todd (“Ugly Betty”)
EP: Donald Todd (“Ugly Betty”)
EP: Peter Traugott (“Frangela”)
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill (“Crossing Jordan”)
Production Company: ABC Studios

Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia

    Cavemen

    Cavemen - Tuesdays at 8:00PM EST/PST on ABC

    Cavemen is a unique buddy comedy that offers a clever twist on stereotypes and turns race relations on their head. Inspired by the popular Geico Insurance commercials, the series looks at life through the eyes of the ultimate outsiders - three modern cavemen - as they struggle to find their place in the world. Joel, his cynical best friend, Nick, and easy-going little brother, Jamie, are contemporary cavemen who live in the suburban south and simply want to be treated like ordinary thirty-something guys. Despite their attempts at assimilation, Nick doesn’t believe mainstream society will ever completely accept them, Jamie seems to take it all in stride and Joel straddles the middle, torn between his friends, his more traditional values and his loving fiancĂ©e.

    Cast:
    Bill English (“The Pavement”): Joel
    Nick Kroll (“Arranged”): Nick
    Dash Mihok (“Hollywoodland”): Jamie
    Kaitlin Doubleday (“Catch Me If You Can”): Kate
    John Heard (“Prison Break”): Trip
    Stephanie Lemelin (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”): Thorne

    Credits:
    EP: Daniel Rappaport (“Office Space”)
    EP: Guymon Casady (“Hope & Faith”)
    EP/Director: Will Speck & Josh Gordon (“Blades of Glory”)
    EP: Bill Martin (“Grounded for Life”)
    EP: Mike Schiff (“Grounded for Life”)
    Co-EP/Writer: Joe Lawson
    Production Company: ABC Studios

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia

    Carpoolers

    Carpoolers - Tuesdays at 8:30PM EST/PST on ABC

    Less about saving the environment than male bonding, four guys from very different backgrounds relish their daily commute as they commiserate about their lives, jobs and families in the carpool lane. There’s Laird, the recently divorced playboy; Aubrey, the timid homemaker and breadwinner; the conservative and traditional Gracen; and eager newlywed Dougie. Together, between the pressures of home and work, these men find time to be themselves while driving to and from the office.

    Cast:
    Fred Goss (“Sons & Daughters”): Gracen
    Faith Ford (“Hope & Faith”): Leila
    Jerry O’Connell (“Crossing Jordan”): Laird
    Jerry Minor (“Arrested Development”): Aubrey
    Allison Munn (“That ‘70s Show”): Cindy
    Tim Peper (“The Guiding Light”): Dougie
    T.J. Miller: Marmaduke

    Credits:
    EP/Writer: Bruce McCulloch (“Saturday Night Live”)
    EP: Justin Falvey (“Las Vegas”)
    EP: Darryl Frank (“Las Vegas”)
    EP: David Miner (“30 Rock”)
    EP/Director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo (“You, Me and Dupree”)
    Production Company: ABC Studios

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia

    Miss/Guided

    Miss/Guided - Mid-Season on ABC

    Having navigated the awkward and sometimes traumatic world of high school, Rebecca Freely returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor, free of the insecurities and orthodontia of her school days. Amidst student behavioral problems and the persistent romantic advances of the male nurse, Gary, Rebecca is certain of one thing -- she is interested in the hot auto-shop-turned-Spanish-teacher, Tim. However, much as in high school days of unexpected teenage angst, Lisa, a former cheerleader and nemesis of Rebecca’s, returns as the new English teacher determined to make Rebecca relive her unpopular past, setting sights on Tim as well.

    Cast:
    Judy Greer (“Two and a Half Men”): Becky
    Brooke Burns (“Pepper Dennis”): Lisa
    Earl Billings (“How I Met Your Mother”): Principal Huffy
    Kristoffer Polaha (“CSI: Miami”): Tim
    Jonathan Sadowski (“American Dreams”): Gary

    Credits:

    EP: Ashton Kutcher (“That ‘70s Show”)
    EP: Jason Goldburg (“Beauty and the Geek”)
    EP: Karey Burke (“The Real Wedding Crashers”)
    EP/Writer: Caroline Williams (“The Office”)
    EP/Writer: Gaby Allan (“Scrubs”)
    Director: Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”)
    Production Company: 20th Century Fox TV & ABC Studios

    Links:

  • ABC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia




    CBS

    The Big Bang Theory

    The Big Bang Theory - Mondays at 8:30PM EST/PST on CBS

    THE BIG BANG THEORY is a comedy from the Emmy Award nominated Co-Creator and Executive Producer of "Two and a Half Men" Chuck Lorre, about brainy best friends Leonard (Johnny Galecki, "Roseanne") and Sheldon (Jim Parsons "Judging Amy"), who can tell you anything you want to know about quantum physics, but when it comes to dealing with everyday life here on earth they're lost in the cosmos. Neither fully understands that scientific principles don't always apply in matters of the heart - until they meet their sexy new neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco, "8 Simple Rules..."), a friendly screenwriter/waitress from the midwest who also happens to be newly single. She quickly makes an impression on the other members of Leonard and Sheldon's geek squad - Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), who portrays himself as the Casanova of Cal Tech, and fellow whiz kid Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar, "NCIS"), who is rendered speechless around anyone unprepared to converse about the Theory of Relativity or other scientific jargon. The chemistry between this gaggle of geniuses and a delightful damsel is about to undergo a stimulating series of inter-personal experiments. Multiple Emmy Award winner James Burrows ("Will & Grace") directed the pilot. Lorre and Bill Prady ("Gilmore Girls," "Dharma & Greg") are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

    Cast:
    Johnny Galecki (“Roseanne”): Leonard
    Jim Parsons (“Judging Amy”): Sheldon
    Kaley Cuoco (“8 Simple Rules”): Penny
    Simon Helberg (“Studio 60 at the Sunset Strip”): Wolowitz
    Kunal Nayyar (“NCIS”): Koothrappali

    Links:

  • CBS.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia




    Fox

    Fall 2007

    Back to You

    Back to You - Wednesdays at 8:00PM EST/PST on Fox

    In the 90s, the local TV news scene in Pittsburgh was dominated by one team: CHUCK DARLING (Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier," "Cheers") and KELLY CARR (Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"). They had that elusive quality all news teams need: chemistry ... at least on-screen. Off-screen, Chuck was a bit of a self-centered womanizer, Kelly a bit of an uptight know-it-all. So when Chuck got the call to move up to a larger market, no tears were shed. But after an embarrassing on-air tirade ended up on the Internet, Chuck found himself on the downswing career-wise. He even questioned whether his lifestyle of chasing women and living in hotels was as exciting as it used to be. So when he got the call to return to Pittsburgh, to reunite with Kelly and try to take the newscast back to No. 1, it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Back in Pittsburgh, Chuck has a new coworker in RYAN CHURCH (Josh Gad, "Mary and Joe"), the overstressed news director. There are also familiar faces like MARSH McGINLEY (Fred Willard, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Best in Show"), the affable, endlessly inappropriate sports anchor, and GARY CREZYZEWSKI, pronounced Kre-shoov-ski (Ty Burrell, "In Good Company," "Out of Practice"), the perennially put-upon field reporter who always seems to get left out in the snow. But, mostly, there's Kelly, now a single mom to 10-year-old GRACIE (Laura Marano, "Without a Trace"). There was magic between them once. Can they find it again?

    Cast:
    Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” “Cheers”): Chuck
    Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”): Kelly
    Fred Willard (“Best in Show”): Marsh
    Josh Gad (“Mary and Joe”): Ryan
    Ty Burrell (“Out of Practice”): Gary
    Laura Marano (“Without a Trace”): Gracie

    PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Levitan/Lloyd Productions
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/CREATORS: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
    DIRECTOR: James Burrows

    Links:

  • FOX.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia

    January 2008

    The Return of Jezebel James

    The Return of Jezebel James - Wednesdays in January 2008 at 8:30PM EST/PST on Fox

    Can two estranged sisters, polar opposites, live together when one agrees to carry the other's baby? SARAH THOMKINS (Parker Posey, "For Your Consideration," "Best in Show") is a bright, optimistic, determined woman who seems to have it all a great job as a children's book editor, an eager-to-please assistant, BUDDY (Michael Arden), who helps keep her life together, and a no-strings-attached personal relationship with successful businessman MARCUS SONTI (Scott Cohen, "Kissing Jessica Stein"). Nevertheless, as her father, RONALD (Ron McLarty, "Law & Order"), is constantly pointing out, something is missing from Sarah's life. Her hard work may garner accolades, but when she goes home at night, she is very much alone. All too aware that she isn't getting any younger, Sarah decides to have a baby on her own and gets the shock of her life when the doctor tells her she can't get pregnant. Having no concept of the term "can't," Sarah wills herself to execute a plan. With nowhere else to turn, Sarah sets up a meeting with her quirky younger sister, COCO (Lauren Ambrose, "Six Feet Under"), and proposes a plan for Coco to carry her baby. They haven't seen each other in a while, and Coco refuses to go along with such a huge favor. But something happens when Sarah mentions that she's turned Coco's imaginary childhood friend, Jezebel James, into a children's book. Even though she doesn't say so out loud, Coco is clearly touched, and, realizing that her current living situation sharing a couch with her friend's sick dog isn't working out, Coco decides that this just might be worth a try.

    Cast:
    Parker Posey (“For Your Consideration”): Sarah
    Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”): Coco
    Scott Cohen (“Kissing Jessica Stein”): Marcus
    Michael Arden: Buddy
    Ron McLarty (“Law & Order”): Ronald

    PRODUCTION COMPANY: Regency Television
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dan Palladino
    DIRECTOR: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Links:

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com

    Spring 2008

    The Rules for Starting Over

    The Rules for Starting Over - TBD/Spring 2008 on Fox

    From the creatively fruitful minds of the Farrelly Brothers comes a single camera comedy, set in Boston, about a group of newly single friends learning the painful lessons of starting over in their 30s. They'd all love to get remarried, if they could just find their true loves. JACK "GATOR" GATELY (Craig Bierko, "Cinderella Man," "Boston Legal") is a charismatic, optimistic leader who never expected to be single again. But now that he is, he's determined to make the best of it. He's going to sift through all the bruised, damaged, occasionally psychotic fruit until he finds "the one." Joining Gator in bachelorhood redux is his thrice-divorced best friend TOMMY (Johnny Sneed, "The Guardian," "Fever Pitch"). The founder and brewmaster of an upstart microbrewery, Tommy has a voracious appetite for food, beer and women. He falls in love easily and always disastrously, yet truly hopes his fourth starter marriage will be "the one." DR. FREDDY SAHGAL (Shaun Majumder, "24," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle") has seen some pretty strange stuff during his years as a successful surgeon, but he's never seen any of it through the eyes of a single man. Probably the least equipped of the group to handle this unexpected life change is Dr. Freddy, who can execute a triple bypass in his sleep, but is all thumbs when it comes to the opposite sex. Rounding out the group is KATE (Rashida Jones, "The Office"), a smart, successful attorney who handled all three of the boys' divorces. Having just turned 30, Kate finds herself dumped after a seven-year engagement. She reluctantly joins the guys in negotiating the treacherous waters of dating. Kate owns the brownstone next to Gator's. Over time, this pair may find that "the one" is just a brick wall away.

    Cast:
    Craig Bierko (“Cinderella Man”): Gator
    Rashida Jones (“The Office”): Kate
    Johnny Sneed (“Fever Pitch”): Tommy
    Shaun Majumder (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”): Dr. Freddy Sahgal

    PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Conundrum Entertainment, Watson Pond Productions
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Brad Johnson
    WRITERS: Chris Pappas, Michael Bernier, Kevin Barnett
    DIRECTORS: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly

    Links:

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com




    NBC

    The IT Crowd

    The IT Crowd - Mid-Season on NBC for 6 episodes

    Ever wonder what's up with those quirky techies who come to fix the office computer when no one's around? "The IT Crowd" is an offbeat series, based on the critically acclaimed British comedy, that offers a humorous behind-the-scenes peek at the people who truly keep the office humming. Roy (Joel McHale, "The Soup") and Moss (Richard Ayoade, "The IT Crowd" -- U.K.) are the misunderstood masters of their high-tech domain, but they lack the people skills to befriend anyone but each other. Their company's head is Denholm (Rocky Carrol, "Chicago Hope"), who wants the IT department to stay segregated and forever banished to the basement. Executive producers are Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me"), David Guarascio ("Just Shoot Me"), Joe Port (NBC's "The Office"), Joe Wiseman ("The Office"), Graham Linehan ("The IT Crowd" -- UK) and Steve Tao ("Red Doors"). Gail Mancuso ("Scrubs," "30 Rock") directed the pilot. "The IT Crowd" is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio.

    Cast:
    Joel McHale (“The Soup”): Roy
    Richard Ayoade (“The IT Crowd” -- U.K.): Andrea
    Rocky Carroll (“Chicago Hope”): Denholm
    Jessica St. Clair: Jen
    Rob Reins: Barry
    Shea Curry: Emily

    Links:

  • NBC.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia




    The CW

    Aliens in America

    Aliens in America - Mondays at 8:30PM EST/PST on The CW

    Justin Tolchuk (Dan Byrd, "The Hills Have Eyes") is a sensitive, lanky 16-year-old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning mom Franny (Amy Pietz, "Caroline in the City"), aspiring-entrepreneur dad Gary (Patrick Breen, "Kevin Hill"), and his popular sister Claire (Lindsey Shaw, "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"), who is sweetly unaware of how good-looking she is. When Franny signs up for the school's international exchange student program, she pictures an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen who will bestow instant coolness on her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuk's exchange student arrives, he turns out to be Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan, "Fair City"), a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim. Despite the cultural chasm between them, Justin and Raja quickly develop an unlikely friendship that just might allow them to navigate the minefield that is contemporary high school. It's going to be a very interesting year for Raja, Justin, his family and the entire population of Medora. ALIENS IN AMERICA is from CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Tim Doyle ("Jake in Progress"), Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You") and David Guarascio ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You"). Luke Greenfield ("The Girl Next Door") directed the pilot.

    Cast:
    Dan Byrd (“The Hills Have Eyes”): Justin
    Amy Pietz (“Caroline in the City”): Franny
    Patrick Breen (“Kevin Hill”): Gary
    Lindsay Shaw (“Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide”): Claire
    Adhir Kalyan (“Fair City”): Raja

    Links:

  • CWTV.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • Wikipedia




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    Friday, October 31

    Last Man Standing - "Mike Advises Mandy" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
    Mike offers Mandy advice on how to set aside money to pay the taxes on her struggling online clothing business. But she decides to do it her way – by opening up a pop up store at Bud’s Buds.

    Cristela - "Hall-Oates-Ween" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    It's Halloween and Cristela is eager to show Trent her “party-whispering” skills to make this year's party a success. After failing to convince Josh, Cristela gets Maddie to join her in dressing up as Hall & Oates. Meanwhile at home, Natalia’s dislike for Halloween has her celebrating the Day of the Dead instead and, ironically, her stories of deceased relatives makes her the most popular Halloween attraction in the neighborhood.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 27) (All times ET unless noted)

    Friday, October 31

    • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Watch Andy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia visits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
    • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker) - Catch Ted on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
    • J.K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher) - J.K. appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
    • Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) - Ana is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
    • Leah Remini (The Exes/The Family Tools/The King of Queens) - Leah appears on The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 2am on BET.
    • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Reno 911!) - Niecy tells how to look younger on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
    • Jim Gaffigan (My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Tune in to see if Jim and Rach can survive New York's scariest house on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
    • Ken Marino (Marry Me/Party Down) - Ken will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.