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New Comedy TV Shows Fall 2010

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The outlook for the Fall 2010 season is not looking great as far as comedy series. The major networks are only offering up a handful of new comedy shows, and few seem destined to last to midseason. Included in the lineup are a couple of traditional multi-camera sitcoms (mainly coming from CBS) and a few single-camera sitcoms, including one or two that look promising.

Fall 2010 New Comedies: FOX

Running Wilde

Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 21st

Running Wilde is on FOX, stars Will Arnett as a wealthy and immature tycoon’s son, and was created, in part, by Mitch Hurwitz. Though that sounds almost unbearably familiar, early reports have suggested that Running Wilde isn’t Arrested Development in terms of concept or in terms of quality. Fans of Arrested Development will probably want to check Running Wilde out anyway, as it’s still a little too early to start speculating on quality.

Raising Hope

Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 21st

FOX has another comedy in the works for Tuesday nights-the similarly named Raising Hope. This dark, single-camera comedy revolves around a young single man trying to raise an infant daughter. Raising Hope has a great cast (Garrett Dillahunt, Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman play family members) and a good pedigree (Greg Garcia, creator of “My Name is Earl” is producing), so it should be worth watching.

Fall 2010 New Comedies: CBS

$h*! My Dad Says

Premieres Thursday, Sept. 23rd

Based on the Twitter account and book of creator Justin Halpern, this CBS sitcom centers on the profane and grumpy titular character, played here by William Shatner. Though the Twitter account it’s based on is entertaining enough, the thought of it stretched out to a half an hour and punctuated with a laugh track is somewhat painful. I can’t imagine $h*! My Dad Says staying around too long, but then again I’ve thought that about plenty of long-running shows before.

Mike & Molly

Premieres Monday, Sept. 20th

Mike & Molly is another multi-camera sitcom on CBS, this time from producer Chuck Lorre. This show focuses on two single people who meet each other at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and attempt to date. Hopefully Mike & Molly won’t be just a string of fat-jokes, but something tells me it will be.

Fall 2010 New Comedies: NBC

Outsourced

Premieres Thursday, Sept. 23rd

NBC has been promoting their new sitcom a lot, and has given it a plush spot in their Thursday night line-up, so it seems clear that the network has faith in Outsourced, a fish-out-of-water story set at a call-center in India. The previews have not made me optimistic, though.

Fall 2010 New Comedies: Other Networks

Terriers

Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 8th on FX

Terriers is a comedy-drama starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James (who fans of True Blood may recognize as Rene) as former police officers and private detectives. Terriers comes from Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, so don’t expect the series to be too light and frothy.

The As-Yet-Untitled Conan O’Brien Show

Premieres in November on TBS

Probably the most anticipated of all the new comedy shows for Fall 2010 is Conan O’Brien’s new talk show on TBS. Whether the new network will be better suited to Conan’s talents than his old one is yet to be seen (though it would almost have to be), but this is one show that will have fans waiting eagerly until its debut in November.

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