While this news will surely delight the haters, I’d like to go on record as saying that multicamera and the laugh track were not what was bad about it.
It’s Dan Harmon! Just kidding. Could you imagine?
Friends veteran Wil Calhoun will take the lead. Calhoun most recently worked on NBC’s Kath & Kim, CBS’ Gary Unmarried and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter.
Ken Marino realizes he’s on ‘Whitney.’
You win some, you lose some. I still contest that having Whitney on the air is better than Outsourced.
Until she showed up on Wilfred last week (in a hilarious role, by the way), I had completely forgotten her existence. Glad to hear she’ll be back on network TV regularly.
Above is Up All Night. Starring Chirstina Applegate and Will Arnett as new parents and Maya Rudolph as Applegate’s boss and best friend. The clip is fast paced and manages to squeeze in some hilarity (from Arnett).
Immediately below is Whitney both from and starring Whitney Cummings, who plays one half of a “happily unmarried couple.” It’s a traditional sitcom (on NBC? I know, weird). Consider this your formal laugh track warning.
Next is Free Agents, a work place on camera from John Embom (Party Down). Hank Azaria, Kathryn Hahn, Joe Lo Truglio, Natasha Leggero, and Anthony Head star. A lot of talent is coming to NBC comedy, but can’t say this one is screechingly funny.
That does it for the new fall shows. Onto midseasoners. Best Friends Forever is single camera about a best friend moving in with her best friend but the latter already lives with her boyfriend. To quote NBC’s caption “Aw kw ard!” [Happy Endings’ Adam Pally is in the clip so chances are this will be recast and reshot.] Also not funny.
Amanda Peet is back in Bent where she leads as a suburban type A new to the neighborhood. The genius Dave Walton (Perfect Couples) is her love/hate contractor. Again lots of talent, not many laughs in the clip but I’ll tune in for Walton.
Which brings us to Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea. A multicam based on the life of Chelsea Handler, it stars Laura Prepon as the title character and Handler herself as her uppity Christian sister. It’s downright mean and therefore hilarious. (Laugh track warning.)
Most promising: Up All Night and Are You There Vodka. Most likely to get canceled: BFFs.