Tuesday, May 21, 2013
ABC is adding four single-camera comedies to their fall schedule. They also have another single-camera comedy for mid-season. Top-rated CBS has four sitcoms on the fall schedule, with two single-camera and two multi-camera. They have a single-camera comedy set for mid-season. Fox will have three new sitcoms in the fall, with two single-camera and one multi-camera. They also have three scheduled for mid-season, with two being single-camera and one animated series. NBC goes for the laughs with three new comedies on their fall schedule. Two are single-camera comedies. Their third sitcom is a multi-camera sitcom, starring Sean Hayes and Linda Lavin. They have three sitcoms scheduled for mid-season, with two single-camera and one multi-camera.
Some familiar faces returning to sitcoms this season include Wendi-McClendon Covey, George Segal, Maggie Lawson, Allison Janney, Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Robin Williams, Hamish Linklater, Seth Green, Martin Mull, Jane Kaczmarek, Mike O'Malley, Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin and Michael J. Fox.
Cast photos, series descriptions, cast lists, video previews and related links are provided below.
ABC Fall Schedule
New Fall: The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Back in the Game, Super Fun Night
New Mid-Season: Mixology
Returning Fall: The Middle, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, The Neighbors
The Goldbergs - Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade-A spaz with classic middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who's crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al "Pops" Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who's schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it's enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.
The Goldbergs stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) as Beverly, Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Murray, George Segal (Just Shoot Me) as Pops, Hayley Orrantia (The X Factor) as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam and Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck) as Barry. The Goldbergs was written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In, Fanboys) and also executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses). The Goldbergs is from Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg
Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg
George Segal as Pops Goldberg
Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg
Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg
Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg
Trophy Wife - Tuesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
They say the third time's the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that's true when she becomes Pete's (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She fell into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and a year later Kate's got an insta-family, complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense, over-achieving doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate's barely tapped maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete's strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate, who finds support with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.
Trophy Wife stars Malin Akerman (Suburgatory) as Kate, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) as Pete, Marcia Gay Harden (Into the Wild, Damages) as Diane, Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) as Jackie, Natalie Morales (90210) as Meg, Ryan Scott Lee (Super 8) as Warren, Albert Tsai (How I Met Your Mother) as Bert and Gianna LePera (Modern Family) as Hillary. Trophy Wife is written and executive-produced by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins, executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), produced by Malin Ackerman. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q). Trophy Wife is from ABC Studios.
Malin Akerman as Kate
Bradley Whitford as Pete
Marcia Gay Harden as Diane
Michaela Watkins as Jackie
Natalie Morales as Meg
Ryan Scott Lee as Warren
Albert Tsai as Bert
Gianna LePera as Hillary
Back in the Game - Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) was an All Star softball player until life threw her a few curve balls -- a baby, a lost college scholarship and a loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son, Danny (Griffin Gluck), move in with her estranged father, Terry Sr., aka "The Cannon" (James Caan). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut either as a single father or professional baseball player. As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Tommy wants to play Little League. His stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn't even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field and of his grandfather's living room. When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the team, Danny's disappointment forces Terry to face her past. So when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits.
Back in the Game stars Maggie Lawson (Psych) as Terry, Jr., James Caan (Las Vegas) as Terry "The Cannon" Gannon, Sr., Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Fast Girls) as Gigi, Griffin Gluck (Private Practice) as Danny, Ben Koldyke (Big Love) as Dick, Kennedy Waite (I-Doll) as Vanessa, J.J. Totah (Jessie) as Michael and Cooper Roth as David. Back in the Game was written by Mark and Robb Cullen (Lucky, Las Vegas), who also executive-produce along with directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors). Back in the Game is from 20th Century Fox Television/Kapital Entertainment.
Maggie Lawson as Terry Gannon, Jr.
James Caan as Terry "The Cannon" Gannon, Sr.
Lenora Crichlow as Gigi
Griffin Gluck as Danny
Ben Koldyke as Dick
Kennedy Waite as Vanessa
J.J. Totah as Michael
Cooper Roth as David
Super Fun Night - Wednesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on ABC (Single-Camera)
Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends, Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call "Friday Night Fun Night": "Always together! Always Inside!" However Kimmie's recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, "Lady Lawyer of the Year" Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity's advice to network, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road.
Super Fun Night stars Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) as Kimmie, Lauren Ash (Lars and the Real Girl) as Marika, Liza Lapira (Don't Trust the B - in Apartment 23) as Helen-Alice, Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom) as Felicity and Kevin Bishop (Star Stories) as Richard. Super Fun Night was written by Rebel Wilson who also serves as co-executive producer. Executive producers are Conan O'Brien, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger and John Riggi (30 Rock), who also directed the pilot. Super Fun Night is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Conaco and Warner Bros. Television.
Mixology - Mid-Season on ABC (Single-Camera)
One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Union, a high-end bar in Manhattan's trendy meat-packing district. Recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn't been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom's first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who's as beautiful as she is brutal; before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Union's chic crowd is Maya's engaged-for-now friend, Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra); her younger, naive sister, Janey (Sarah Bolger); bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto); and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who's having the worst night of his life.
Mixology stars Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) as Tom, Andrew Santino (Punk'd) as Bruce, Kate Simses (What's Your Number) as Liv, Adam Campbell (Epic Movie) as Ron, Craig Frank (8.13) as Cal, Vanessa Lengies (Glee) as Kacey, Alexis Carra (Incredible Girl) as Jessica, Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time) as Janey, Ginger Gonzaga (Legit) as Maya and Adan Canto (The Following) as Dominic. Mixology was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, 21 and Over), and is executive-produced by Lucas, Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass and Adam Sher. It's directed by Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Entourage, Borat), and is produced by ABC Studios.
Blake Lee as Tom
Andrew Santino as Bruce
Kate Simses as Liv
Adam Campbell as Ron
Craig Frank as Cal
Vanessa Lengies as Kacey
Alexis Carra as Jessica
Sarah Bolger as Janey
Ginger Gonzaga as Maya
Adan Canto as Dominic
CBS Fall Schedule
New Fall: We Are Men, Mom, The Millers, The Crazy Ones
New Mid-Season: Friends with Better Lives
Returning Fall: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men
Returning Mid-Season: Mike & Molly
We Are Men - Mondays at 8:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Single-Camera)
We Are Men is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his "band of brothers": Frank Russo (Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub), a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis (Kal Penn), a small business owner who was caught having the world's worst affair; and Stuart Strickland (Jerry O'Connell), a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who's hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled. Jill (Rebecca Breeds) is Frank's charming and attractive daughter, who stands as the one positive remnant from his failed relationships. Armed with a hot tub, pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex.
Emmy Award winner Rob Greenberg, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Rob Greenberg directed the pilot.
Mom - Mondays at 9:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Multi-Camera)
Mom is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother. Christy (Faris) is a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices. Her sobriety is tested when Bonnie (Janney), her recovering alcoholic mom, reappears chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy's many mistakes. Bonnie joins Christy's already complicated circle of relationships: her handsome, married boss - and lover - Gabriel (Nate Corddry); the restaurant's hot-tempered chef, Rudy (French Stewart); her pretty, 16-going-on-25-year-old daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano); her sweet but overly honest son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal); her irresponsible ex-husband and Roscoe's father, Baxter (Matt Jones); and Violet's clueless boyfriend, Luke (Spencer Daniels). Christy tries to remain positive as she pursues her new path in life, but she faces an uphill battle, surrounded by a dubious support system - and a copious amount of dysfunction.
Chuck Lorre and Eddie Gorodetsky (Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory) are executive producers for Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Pamela Fryman directed the pilot. Gemma Baker co-wrote the pilot with Lorre and Gorodetsky.
Anna Faris as Christy
Allison Janney as Bonnie
Nate Corddry as Gabriel
French Stewart as Rudy
Sadie Calvano as Violet
Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe
Matt Jones as Baxter
Spencer Daniels as Luke
The Millers - Thursdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Multi-Camera)
The Millers stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles' life until his parents' marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale) and Tom (Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Jack is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan's sister, Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter Mykayla (Eve Moon). Nathan's best friend and news cameraman, Ray (JB Smoove), was excited to be Nathan's wingman in the dating scene, but Carol manages to even cramp his style. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last.
Greg Garcia (Raising Hope and My Name is Earl) is the executive producer of The Millers for CBS Television Studios. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.
Will Arnett as Nathan Miller
Margo Martindale as Carol Miller
Beau Bridges as Tom Miller
Eve Moon as Mykayla
J.B. Smoove as Ray
Blake Garrett Rosenthal as Roscoe
Matt Jones as Baxter
Spencer Daniels as Luke
The Crazy Ones - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on CBS (Single-Camera)
Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in The Crazy Ones, a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired... if he weren't the boss. Simon Roberts (Williams) is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is that his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon's exact opposite - focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she'd resent if he wasn't so brilliant at what he does. Joining them in the firm are the dashing and talented Zach (James Wolk); art director Andrew (Hamish Linklater), who's as hard-working as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren (Amanda Setton). With his team and his daughter behind him, Simon continues to set the advertising world on fire, and it looks like they are definitely buying what these crazy ones are selling.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal and The Practice), Bill D'Elia, Emmy Award winner Jason Winer (Modern Family), Dean Lorey, John Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Jason Winer directed the pilot.
Friends with Better Lives - Mid-Season on CBS (Multi-Camera)
Friends with Better Lives is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives - married, divorced, newly engaged and single - who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Andi (Majandra Delfino) and Bobby (Kevin Connolly) are happily married with two kids but at times long for the days they had less responsibility and more fun; Will (James Van Der Beek) is newly single and preaching the bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Lowell (Rick Donald) are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate (Zoe Lister Jones) has a successful career but may take a swan dive into the L.A. River when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged. When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering... who really has the better life?
Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.
Bad Teacher - Mid-Season on CBS (Single-Camera)
CBS has ordered the single-camera comedy Bad Teacher for the 2013-2014 season. Based on the hit feature film, Bad Teacher stars Ari Graynor as an always inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless.
Hilary Winston, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller and Michael Lasker are executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios and Mosaic Media Group.
Fox Fall Schedule
New Fall: Dads, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlisted (late fall)
New Mid-Season: Surviving Jack, Us & Them, Murder Police
Returning Fall: New Girl, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope (late fall), The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, American Dad!
Dads - Tuesdays at 8:00PM ET/PT on Fox (Multi-Camera)
Honor thy father.
Way easier said than done. Especially when your dad's broke, living in your house and ruining your life.
From Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the creatively outrageous minds behind last year's highest-grossing feature comedy, Ted, and Fox's hit animated series Family Guy, Dads explores the often treacherous terrain of the father-son landscape. This new multi-camera comedy series follows two successful guys - and childhood best friends - now in their mid-30s whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in.
Eli (Emmy Award winner Seth Green, Family Guy, Robot Chicken) and Warner (Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi, My Name Is Earl, Ted, Avatar) are the co-founders of a successful video game company. Warner is married with two kids and a beautiful home. Despite his success, he's a bundle of nerves, constantly worrying that his next paycheck will be his last. He and Eli came up with the idea for the company while stoned in college, and Eli has remained stoned ever since. In contrast to Warner's picture-perfect life, Eli's is a bit messier, with brief stabs at self-improvement. What he lacks in courage, he also lacks in moral fiber.
Although Warner and Eli are at very different places in their lives, they are so close, their friendship is more like a marriage. And that relationship is more complicated now, as their dads invade their lives. Warner's neuroses likely stem from having grown up in a family whose fortunes fluctuated wildly from year to year, due to the failed get-rich-quick schemes of his father, Crawford (Martin Mull, Two and a Half Men). A self-described "businessman" (in wine-stained khakis) and a perpetual optimist, Crawford still firmly believes the next big opportunity is just around the corner. Now living with Warner and Warner's beautiful, hotheaded wife, Camila (Vanessa Lachey, True Beauty, The Bold and the Beautiful), Crawford continues to spend beyond his means, making well-intentioned grand gestures that he can't afford and that Warner ends up paying for.
Eli's dad, David (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, The Good Wife, The Sopranos), is a towering monument to negativity. Equal parts cheap and cranky, David relishes disappointment and has always prepared his son for it. After hitting hard times, David turns to Eli, who reluctantly agrees to let his dad move in - even as he continues to blame David for his own shortcomings, including his inability to settle down. In fact, his longest relationship with a woman remains the one with his cleaning lady, Edna (Tonita Castro, Go On, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).
Trying to help both Warner and Eli through their myriad life challenges is Veronica (Brenda Song, New Girl, Scandal), their witty and entitled assistant, who is a force to be reckoned with. The invasion of the Dads will give these friends and business partners their biggest challenge yet. Between dubious schemes, passive-aggressive busy-bodying and light kissing-on-the-lips, will these beleaguered sons be able to hold the line in the face of two massive game-changers?
Dads is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Fuzzy Door Productions. The series is created and written by Emmy Award-nominated writer/producers Alec Sulkin (Ted, Family Guy) and Wellesley Wild (Ted, Family Guy). Seth MacFarlane (Ted, Family Guy), Sulkin and Wild are executive producers. Marc Cendrowski (The Big Bang Theory) directed the pilot.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on Fox (Single-Camera)
From Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation), and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) and Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age, Homicide: Life on the Street), Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove.
Detective Jake Peralta (Samberg) is a good enough cop that he's never had to work that hard or follow the rules too closely. Perhaps because he has the best arrest record among his colleagues, he's been enabled - if not indulged - throughout his entire career. That is, until the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Braugher), who reminds this hotshot cop to respect the badge.
Jake may have collared more criminals, but Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero, One Life to Live, Gossip Girl) is close behind, and she's keenly aware of how many arrests she needs to close the gap. Amy grew up with seven brothers who were all cops. She's the first girl in the family to put on a police uniform, and suffice it to say: she's extremely competitive...about everything.
Also working cases in Brooklyn's 99th precinct is Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews, Bridesmaids, Everybody Hates Chris), a linebacker of a man who's lost his nerve, not because he's a wimp, but because a year ago, his wife had twin baby girls - Cagney and Lacey - and he can't imagine not seeing them grow up. Detective Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio, Wreck-It Ralph, Superbad), who idolizes Jake, is the precinct's workhorse; he's not that brilliant, he's not physically gifted, but he tries harder than anyone else. Charles pines for Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz, Modern Family, The Closer), with whom he stands no chance at all. Rosa is simultaneously tough, sexy and scary as hell. She's vocally opinionated about everything. Cleaning up everyone's mess is Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti, Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show), the eccentric, civilian office manager who somehow gets involved in everyone's business.
Together, these tightly knit - or is it tightly wound? - cops interrogate suspects, arrest perps and solve murders. But, ultimately, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a workplace comedy that's not really about the job. It's about the men and women behind the badge - singing karaoke, grabbing a beer and hitting on each other - all while protecting the fine people of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created and written by Dan Goor (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Parks and Recreation) and Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation). The series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner (30 Rock). The pilot was directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).
Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta
Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt
Melissa Fumero as Detective Amy Santiago
Terry Crews as Sergeant Terry Jeffords
Stephanie Beatriz as Detecrive Rosa Diaz
Joe Lo Truglio as Detective Charles Boyle
Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti
Enlisted - Fridays at 9:30PM ET/PT (Late Fall) on Fox (Single-Camera)
Three brothers, one Army, but absolutely no fighting!
Enlisted is an irreverent but heartfelt single-camera comedy about three brothers on a small Florida Army base and the group of misfits who surround them.
Charming, funny and a natural-born leader, Sergeant Pete Hill (Geoff Stults, Ben and Kate, The Finder) was on a path for a huge military career until one mistake overseas got him booted stateside to Fort McGee, the base in Florida where his two younger brothers are stationed. Now, as head of their platoon, Pete must serve both as big brother and military boss. Corporal Derrick Hill (Chris Lowell, Private Practice, Veronica Mars) is the middle brother - smart and sarcastic, he likes to stir up trouble and doesn't really care about being a soldier. Private Randy Hill (Parker Young, Suburgatory), on the other hand, loves it. He's the hyper-enthusiastic, hyper-goofy - just hyper - youngest brother who wants to be the gung-ho "GI Joe" military ideal.
The Hill brothers serve on the Rear Detachment (Rear D) unit, comprised of the soldiers left behind when everyone else is deployed, because they're not quite good enough to be sent overseas, yet not bad enough to be kicked out of the Army. These are the men and women who mow lawns at the base, sort mail, wash tanks, find lost dogs and maybe engage in a war game or two. But the Rear D's main job is taking care of deployed soldiers' families. Whatever they need, the Rear D soldiers do. And, in the event that something happens to a soldier overseas, the Rear D troops break the news to the family and become a supportive shoulder to cry on. It's a job that shifts each moment from the thrilling to the mundane to the emotional and back again.
Fort McGee is run by Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody (Emmy Award winner Keith David, Cloud Atlas, The Cape), a firm but fair man who served with the brothers' late father. Major Cody promised to look out for them, so he brought all the brothers to the base to fulfill that promise. Cody has seen it all and lost a foot to prove it - which no one can forget, probably since he never misses an opportunity to bring it up. Confident, funny, tough and beautiful, Sergeant Jill Perez (Angelique Cabral, Friends with Benefits) is the same rank as Pete and leads the other Rear D platoon on base.
A military-set family comedy, Enlisted centers on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep the base in order. Between hijacking tanks, inventing new drinking games and accidentally blowing up a fuel truck, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.
Enlisted is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and written and created by Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs, South Park). The series is executive-produced by Biegel and Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age, Everybody Loves Raymond). The pilot was directed by Phil Traill (Suburgatory, Raising Hope).
Geoff Stults as Sergeant Pete Hill
Chris Lowell as Corporal Derrick Hill
Parker Young as Private Randy Hill
Keith David as Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody
Angelique Cabral as Sergeant Jill Perez
Surviving Jack - Mid-Season on Fox (Single-Camera)
Father knows best…well, sort of. Surviving Jack is a new single-camera comedy based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s autobiographical book, I Suck at Girls. Set in 1990s Southern California, the ensemble series is about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google.
Jack Dunlevy (Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni, True Blood, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), ex-military and an oncologist, is a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Up to this point, Jack’s been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife, Joanne, is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.
Jack’s teenage son, Frankie (Connor Buckley, Deception), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Lanky, quick-witted, self-deprecating and not entirely sure of himself, all Frankie wants to do is fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team and started to attract girls – all of which put him in some awkward situations – especially when the only base he’s ever been to is on the field.
Fortunately, no matter how embarrassing the situations Frankie gets himself into are, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood…with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox, unfiltered and sometimes even unkind in his approach, his intentions are always good. For better or for worse, he’s Frankie’s only resource now.
Even more confusing to Jack than Frankie’s growing pains are those of his daughter, Rachel (Claudia Lee, Hart of Dixie), a gorgeous and super-smart 17-year-old high school junior. Up until now, Rachel’s done everything right. No longer under the watchful eye of her mother, she’s now a handful. Jack considers the mind of the teenage girl beyond his (or anyone’s) comprehension – a fact which Rachel will take full advantage of.
In addition to disciplining his own children, Jack must keep a watchful eye on Frankie’s best friends: George (Kevin Hernandez, Get the Gringo, The Sitter), an overly confident Mexican-American with a big vocabulary; and Mikey (newcomer Tyler Foden), a tough kid from a broken home.
Only time will tell if Jack’s blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble, or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and somehow step in to keep the family order. Until then, Jack’s the dad the Dunlevy kids always wished they had – most of the time. For someone who is used to taking care of people with cancer, Jack’s got this…right?
Surviving Jack is produced by Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s book, I Suck at Girls, the series is written by Halpern ($#*! My Dad Says) and Patrick Schumacker ($#*! My Dad Says). The series is executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (Spin City, Scrubs, Clone High, Cougar Town), Halpern, Schumacker and Jeff Ingold. Victor Nelli (Scrubs, The Bernie Mac Show) directed the pilot.
Us & Them - Mid-Season on Fox (Single-Camera)
When two people finally come together, they never come together alone.
Us & Them is an outrageous but authentic ensemble single-camera comedy about a pair of young lovers, whose path to happily-ever-after is complicated by the screwed-up circus of people closest to them.
New York pharmaceutical copywriter Gavin (Emmy Award nominee Jason Ritter, Parenthood, The Event) is a neurotic Woody Allen-ish personality with indie-rock looks, who has never been in love. On the other hand, pretty Pennsylvania-based printing press employee Stacey (Alexis Bledel, Mad Men, Gilmore Girls) has a subtle wit and has been engaged before. For the past six months, they have been flirting online and finally agree to meet…with their best friends in tow for double-date safety.
Gavin and Stacey’s wingmen are, respectively, Chris "Archie" Archuletta (Dustin Ybarra, We Bought a Zoo) and Nessa (Ashlie Atkinson, Inside Man, Rescue Me). Archie is often wrong but never in doubt and the loudest, most outrageous character in any room. Nessa is brutally blunt – actually, just brutal, in general – with a rock-a-billy look, complete with messy tattoos (many of which she doesn’t remember getting).
Gavin lives in an apartment below his parents, Pam (Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek, Whitney, Raising the Bar, Malcolm in the Middle) and Michael (Kurt Fuller, Psych, Midnight in Paris). With zero filter and little volume control, Pam is fearful she is aging and that the good times may be behind her. Michael thinks of himself as the family’s voice of reason. He is wrong.
Dillsburg, PA, is a tiny dot of grit in the green countryside. Stacey lives there with her widowed mom, Gwen (Kerri Kenney, Reno 911!). Brian (guest star Michael Ian Black, Ed), Stacey’s uncle, and her late father’s brother, has taken on the role of family protector. He is a simple man who is amazed by the little things in life…like white Toblerones. Stacey’s long-distance romance unnerves both Gwen and Brian, who fear she might fall in love and move away to the big city.
When all of these characters collide to create a salty but sweet romantic comedy, we wonder not if the two leads will get together, but how they ever will stay together. After all, it’s complicated enough trying to make a relationship work. But the biggest complications of all are the friends and family who are part of the package deal.
Us & Them is produced by Sony Pictures Television and BBC Worldwide Productions. It is based on the hugely popular and multiple-award-winning BBC series Gavin and Stacey, which was created and written by James Corden and Ruth Jones. Us & Them is adapted and written by David J. Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), and executive-produced by Rosen, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Corden and Jones. Steve Coogan and Henry Normal serve as executive producers for Baby Cow Productions. Michael Patrick Jann (Drop Dead Gorgeous) directed the pilot.
Murder Police - Mid-Season on Fox (Animated)
Murder Police is a new animated comedy series that expands the boundaries of the cop show genre as only animation can. From David A. Goodman (Family Guy) and rising writer/animator/performer Jason Ruiz, the series follows a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues – some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy – in a twisted city precinct.
At the center of this maelstrom is Manuel Sanchez (Ruiz), a neurotic and nerdy cop who aspires to be a good policeman, but his efforts to solve crimes are constantly put in jeopardy by his own clumsiness and the incompetence of his fellow detectives. Making matters worse, his egotistical, bribe-accepting partner, Tommy Margaretti (Will Sasso, The Three Stooges, MADtv), a tough, rule-breaking “bad cop,” can’t interrogate a suspect without beating him up.
The other detectives in the precinct include Randall Hickox (Chi McBride, Golden Boy), a cop with little interest in police work. He’s lost a lot of partners, hates his job and often hands off his resume to crime scene witnesses. Randall’s newest partner, Justice (Jane Lynch, Glee), is a self-righteous working mother whose child is lodged in a baby bjorn that is permanently secured around her chest. Undercover cop Donel is in so deep that he often does things of questionable legality. They all are supervised by the perpetually annoyed Captain John Rushour (Peter Atencio, Key and Peele), a brusque, overweight old-school cop who expects failure and can’t be bothered to even get out of his Rascal scooter.
Manuel’s ex-wife, Rosa (Justina Machado, Private Practice, Six Feet Under), is a defense lawyer who remains irritated that Manuel always put his job first. But they remain bonded in the upbringing of their son, Mario (Ruiz), a troubled teen who is less impressed with his father than he is by the criminals he catches.
These cops often find themselves mildly interested in the most recent crime victim, but completely obsessed with who “destroyed” the bathroom. Nevertheless, where there’s a mystery, Manuel somehow finds a way to solve it.
Murder Police is produced by Bento Box Animation (Bob's Burgers) and 20th Century Fox Television. The series is co-created by David A. Goodman (Family Guy) and Jason Ruiz – one of the writers/animators discovered through the Fox Inkubation program. Goodman serves as executive producer and showrunner, and Ruiz is co-executive producer.
Jason Ruiz as Manuel and Mario Sanchez
Will Sasso as Tommy Margaretti
Chi McBride as Randall Hickox
Jane Lynch as Justice
Peter Atencio as John Rushour
Justina Machado as Rosa Sanchez
NBC Fall Schedule
New Fall: Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show
New Mid-Season: About a Boy (Tuesdays at 9:00pm after the Winter Olympics), The Family Guide (Tuesdays at 9:30pm after the Winter Olympics), Undateable
Returning Fall: Parks and Recreation
Returning Mid-Season: Community
Welcome to the Family - Thursdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on NBC (Single-Camera)
Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O'Malley, Glee, My Name Is Earl) and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, In Plain Sight, The West Wing) find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck (Deception, Gossip Girl) is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college, she announces she pregnant. Across town in East L.A., Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro, Glee, Awkward), in the middle of his high school valedictorian speech, gets a text from girlfriend Molly that he's going to be a daddy. Expectedly, Junior's parents Miguel (Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives) and Lisette (Justina Machado, Six Feet Under, ER) are also upset, as they now have Caucasians in the family. What follows is a crash course in culture blending as Molly and Junior decide they want to get married and, in doing so, bring together two very different families. The dads have the most difficult time reconciling while the moms take a softer approach to get to know one another. When the parents fully realize that their kids are serious about making a life together, the adults exhale and begin to come to terms with this new blended family and start to understand it will take, humor, love and tolerance to make it all work.
Writer Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement, Friends) and Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, Franklin & Bash) serve as executive producers. Welcome to the Family is a production of Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions.
Mike O'Malley as Dan Yoder
Mary McCormack as Karina
Ella Rae Peck as Molly
Joseph Haro as Junior Hernandez
Ricardo Chavira as Miguel Hernandez
Justina Machado as Lisette Rodriguez
Sean Saves the World - Thursdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on NBC (Multi-Camera)
Sean (Sean P. Hayes, Will & Grace) is a divorced gay dad who juggles a lot - his successful but demanding career, offbeat employees, pushy mom Lorna (Linda Lavin, Alice) and weekends with his teenage daughter, Ellie (Sami Isler). So when she moves in full-time, it's a whole new world. Never one to do anything halfway, Sean's intent on being the best dad ever, so he loads up on parenting how-to books and plans Pinterest-worthy family dinners. But it seems his company's new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, putting a damper on his homemaking plans and throwing a kink in Sean's perfectly constructed work/life balance. Ellie sees this development as a plus. She loves her dad, but he's clearly going overboard. From keeping his boss happy, employees motivated and enduring his mother's tactless "advice" to raising a smart, grounded and healthy kid, it's going to be a growing experience, to say the least. But if anyone can handle it all, it's Sean.
Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds) and Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) also star. Writer Victor Fresco (Go On, Mad About You), director James Burrows (Friends, The Big Bang Theory), Sean P. Hayes (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm) and Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm) serve as executive producers. Sean Saves the World is a production of Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions.
The Michael J. Fox Show - Thursdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC (Single-Camera)
Look who's making the news again. One of New York's most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox, Spin City, Family Ties), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce, The Wire, Treme) jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it's always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. Now the plan is in motion and Mike will be back to juggling home, family, and career - just like the old days, but only better.
Writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town), director Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) and Fox serve as executive producers. The Michael J. Fox Show is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment.
Michael J. Fox as Mike Henry
Betsy Brandt as Annie Henry
Conor Romero as Ian Henry
Juliette Goglia as Eve Henry
Jack Gore as Graham Henry
Katie Finneran as Leigh Henry
Wendell Pierce as Harris Green
About a Boy - Tuesdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on NBC (After the Winter Olympics) (Single-Camera)
Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, An Education) novel, writer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Revolution) present a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman (David Walton, Bent, Perfect Couples) lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting, Barney's Version), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, 1600 Penn), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others.
Writer Jason Katims, director Jon Favreau, Tim Bevan (Les Misérables, About a Boy), Eric Fellner (Les Misérables, About a Boy), Liza Chasin (Les Misérables, About a Boy), Robert De Niro (About a Boy, Meet the Parents) and Jane Rosenthal (About a Boy, Meet the Parents) serve as executive producers. About a Boy is a production of Universal Television, Working Title Television, True Jack Productions and Tribeca Productions.
The Family Guide - Tuesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT on NBC (After the Winter Olympics) (Single-Camera)
It's not every family that's brought closer together by divorce... but then again, the Fishers aren't exactly typical. Take Mel Fisher, for example. Whether it's chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive or playing football with his son, he's never let the fact that he's blind slow him down.
Then there's Joyce Fisher, possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. For her, divorce is like a second coming of age, a chance to be the teen she never was. Just ask her '80s-obsessed teenage daughter Katie, whose clothes she's always borrowing (that is, when Mom's not tagging along with Katie to the mall).
At the center of all this is Henry, the Fishers' 11-year-old son. Having always been his dad's eyes, ears and wingman, Henry's less than thrilled when Mel shows up with Elvis, a guide dog... which is also how Henry learns about the pending divorce. Awkward. While reluctant to the changes this "big ball of fur" would bring, it's through an Adult Henry's voice-over (Jason Bateman) that we ﬁnd out his parents' split would "allow all of us to ﬁnally discover... who we needed to be."
Starring J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Law & Order) and from executive producer/writer DJ Nash (Guys with Kids, Up All Night) comes a comedy about a family in transition, and the love that guides them forward.
Undateable - Mid-Season on NBC (Multi-Camera)
When confident slacker Danny Beeman (Chris D'Elia, Whitney, "Glory Daze) takes Justin (comedian Brent Morin) on as a roommate, Danny unwittingly inherits Justin's group of romantically challenged friends. Seeing himself as the ultimate player, Danny decides to teach the crew (who he dubs "The Undateables") everything he knows about "the game of love." For their first lesson, Danny takes the guys to an event hosted by his sister, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, "Rules of Engagement"), who is a single mom with dating difficulties of her own. At first, Danny's advice seems to pay off big-time: The shy guy talks to a girl, the no-filter dude learns it's never OK to ask a woman when she's due, and his nebbish roommate, Justin, goes home with a mystery woman. It's not until the next day that they figure out it was Leslie. Here's a refreshing comedy about the "do's," "don'ts" and "duhs" of dating.
Writer Adam Sztykiel (Due Date), Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) and Jeff Ingold serve as executive producers. Undateable is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions.
The CW Fall Schedule
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TV Land has made a last minute schedule shake-up that has begun effective immediately. The biggest move was bringing back Home Improvement from early mornings back into evenings leading into primetime. The Tim Allen '90s sitcom is now airing weekdays at 7:00pm & 7:30pm. Also getting extra exposure is M*A*S*H, which is expanded from 5-6pm to 5-7pm. M*A*S*H also still airs Mondays at various times beginning in the morning, ranging from all-day or various times during the day. The Golden Girls in primetime is now only 8-9pm, but for the next few weeks TV Land is airing encores of Hot in Cleveland and The Exes in the hour from Mon-Thurs until their season premieres, but The Golden Girls is airing in this hour on Fridays for now. Raymond and King of Queens blocks remain intact from 9pm-1am. Then, since The Golden Girls is losing its 6-8pm hours, the sitcom has gained the 1-3am block, shifting That '70s Show to 3-4am. Rounding out the night is Roseanne from 4-5am and The Cosby Show from 5-6am.
In the mornings, Murder, She Wrote and Boston Legal have been removed, so the 8am hour is now back-to-back episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was airing at 10am. I Love Lucy is now airing in the 9am hour, while The Andy Griffith Show gets the 10am-12pm block leading into Gunsmoke and Bonanza from 12-5pm. Murder, She Wrote is not completely gone, as the Angela Lansbury drama is now going to air Saturdays afternoons (times vary) leading into a block of The Golden Girls. However, Boston Legal is no longer on the schedule as it was only airing Fridays at 8am before. Back to weekends, the rest of the line-up remains intact with blocks of The Golden Girls, Raymond, King of Queens, Cosby Show, Roseanne, Hot in Cleveland, That '70s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm (late nights on Sundays). The timings for the blocks on weekends will vary week-to-week. That's all the changes that we have right now and no word yet if the schedule will have any impact on the launch of Friends on June 14, as the sitcom will launch with a 5-night marathon event, as we reported. Stay with us for continued updates on the TV Land schedule.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (March)
03/03 - CHiPs - The Complete Third Season
03/10 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series
03/10 - Hey Dude - The Complete Series (Walmart Exclusive)
03/10 - Petticoat Junction - Family Favorite Episodes
03/17 - Bewitched - Season 5 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Bewitched - Season 6 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Bewitched - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek)
03/17 - Maude - The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete First Season (Shout! Factory)
03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Second Season (Shout! Factory)
03/24 - The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI Home Video)
03/31 - Silicon Valley - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
03/31 - Veep - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight
Friday, March 6
Dog with a Blog - "Stan's New BFF" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Stan spends the night at Karl's house and Avery is jealous; Chloe's hooked on wrestling thanks to Bennett.
Friday, March 6
- Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Watch Will on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He will also be on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
- Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show/The Good Life) - Drew guest co-hosts The Late Late Show at 12:37am on CBS.
- Lennon Parham (Playing House/Best Friends Forever/Accidentally on Purpose) - Lennon appears on The Late Late Show at 12:37am on CBS.
- The Cast of Parks and Recreation) - The cast of Parks and Recreation are guests on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Jada Pinkett Smith (A Different World) - Jada talks about Gotham on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Craig Ferguson (The Drew Carey Show) - Craig chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie talks about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
- Laura Marano (Austin & Ally/Back to You) - Laura talks about her show and new movie on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
- Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss?/Romantically Challenged) - Alyssa guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
- Anne Heche (SAve Me/The Michael J. Fox Show) - Anne is a guest on People Now.
- Juliette Lewis (I Married Dora) - Juliette appears on People Now.