If there was one big takeaway from this past television season, it’s that comedies are back. The genre was in rough shape, but thankfully a few breakouts this season including “2 Broke Girls” and “New Girl“, coupled with existing hits including “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory”, proved that the sitcom is back and here to stay. That trend is nowhere more evident than at the recent upfronts. There are 29 sitcoms scheduled to hit the air this fall. On Tuesday night alone, CBS, NBC and ABC have comedies battling it out during the 9pm hour. May the funniest survive.
With so many comedies taking up the schedule, a few promising sitcom pilots failed to make the cut. Based on the trailers of some of the comedies that were picked up, I definitely feel some pilots got the shaft. Seriously NBC, “Guys With Kids“? What the eff were you thinking? ABC, you’re not off the hook either. What was up with “The Family Tools“?.
Mark my words, these two programs will be among the first to get the axe come September. I’m sure at that point the networks will wish they had picked up the following pilots instead. Hindsight is 20/20 right? Check out three sitcoms below that I wished were picked up.
Logline: This multi-cam comedy brings Roseanne Barr back to series television as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy.
Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman
Logline: A single-camera comedy in which series star Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) returns to her old life after a breakup, ready to pick up where she left off, and finds it’s not as easy as she thought because those around her have moved on.
Cast: Sarah Silverman, Ken Leung
Logline: A former rocker who runs a music store discovers he has a brother, who is an ex-con and ready to move in.
Cast: John Stamos, TJ Miller, Rosa Salazar, Gillian Vigman
Even though, the following isn’t technically a comedy, I’m also bummed it wasn’t picked up. I love me some Julia Stiles and think this would’ve been a great vehicle for her. Check out the description below.
Logline: This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. Based on an acclaimed Israeli format, a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.
Cast: Julia Stiles, Titus Welliver
Personally, I’m sad that we won’t get to see Roseanne Barr and John Goodman reunite for another comedy. A sitcom starring Roseanne set in a trailer park. How could that go wrong? Which, if any, of the aforementioned do you wish made the Fall schedule? Sound off below.